Latest News and Updates from ONC

September 23, 2014 | By More

Adopting Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here are the latest communications and news updates from the ONC.

ONC’s Chief Science Officer Moving to AMIA
Dr. Doug Fridsma, Chief Science Officer, will be leaving ONC to take on an exciting new role as the President and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Doug has been a key technical advisor to me and my predecessors on matters related to standards, research, informatics, and our work within interoperability both within the U.S. and internationally. He has been a tireless advocate for the adoption and use of standards development and harmonization, a respected and articulate spokesperson for ONC, and has led our efforts to identify and promote innovative advances in health IT.

4th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit
The ONC held its 4th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit last week during National Health IT Week. The exciting day-long event highlights public and private sector efforts to advance patient engagement by empowering people with their digital health data and technology. Check out recorded videos from the event.

Blue Button Toolkit for Developers
ONC launched the Blue Button Toolkit – a new web resource dedicated to helping organizations support consumers in getting access to their digital health information. The Blue Button Toolkit provides recommended technical standards for sharing data with patients in a structured way, and marketing materials to help organizations communicate to people the value of having online access to their health records. Organizations can follow these guidelines and use these materials to show their support for the Blue Button Initiative.

NQF Wants You For Pop Health Guide
The National Quality Forum (NQF) seeks up to 10 collaborative groups from across the country to field test the NQF Action Guide 1.0 – a handbook designed to promote improvement of health across a population, on the local, regional, state, or national levels. The Guide, which was developed by an NQF-convened, multi-stakeholder committee, and the field testing are part of a three-year project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services to stimulate effective collaboration to improve the nation’s health.

HIT Policy Committee MeetingsSept 3rd, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Policy Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information. How to Participate. The October meeting is scheduled for 10/15/14 and will be a joint HIT Committee meeting.

HIT Standards Committee MeetingsSeptember 10th, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Standards Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. How to Participate.  The October meeting is scheduled for 10/15/14 and will be a joint HIT Committee meeting.

ONC 2014 Annual Meeting
Save the Date: Feb 2-3. 2015 – The Annual meeting will be held at the Washington Hilton. Registration information will be announced soon.

Provider User Guide for NIST EHR Randomizer Tool Now Available
Are you a provider in Stage 2 of meaningful use who needs help meeting measure #3 of the Transitions of Care core objective? If so, CMS and ONC want to encourage you to use a new provider user guide that outlines instructions on how to use the NIST EHR Randomizer, including; required information, steps to register, guidance on how to perform the test.

Federal Health Architecture Newsletter
Interested in learning more about what federal agencies are doing to enhance health IT and promote better healthcare? Subscribe to the Federal Health Architecture’s The Pulse, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on FHA federal partner activities in the area of health IT.

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