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.
Blue Button Connector
The Consumer eHealth team did a demonstration of the Blue Button Connector at HIMSS last week. The Blue Button Connector aims to address the need for a single place where consumers can get started and find out where to access their personal health information online via Blue Button. It’s also useful for developers. The Connector is the first ever open data source delivered through an open API that makes transparent the health data that is increasingly available to the public. The usefulness of this site will grow as the community contributes to it. Visit the Blue Button Connector website and please give feedback on how to make it better. To get your organization or app listed on the website, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumer Survey on Privacy Results
ONC released a new Data Brief reporting results from the 2012 ONC Consumer Survey on Privacy and Security. The Data Brief highlights the critical role of health care providers in ensuring that reasonable privacy and security protections are in place for electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT. Findings from the survey indicate that patients’ lack of trust in providers’ protections for EHRs negatively impacts both patient-provider communication and patient support of health IT.
Everyone has a role in protecting and securing health information
ONC’s Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) and the Committee’s Privacy & Security Tiger Team have provided guidance and value as ONC has worked to promote the secure adoption of health IT. Please take a look at the impact the HITPC’s Tiger Team has had on ONC’s role to inspire trust and confidence in health IT.
- Privacy and Security Tiger Team Annual Executive Summary
- First Annual Summary of Privacy and Security Tiger Team Activities
- “ONC Advances Privacy and Security in Health IT” Infographic
2015 EHR Certification NPRM
On Wednesday February 26, 2014, ONC published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that included proposals for the next edition (the “2015 Edition”) of electronic health record (EHR) technology certification criteria.
Health IT Summit for Nurses
When: March 21st, 8am-5pm ET
Register for this event.
Join ONC and the American Nurses Association for the “At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health IT for Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses” Summit at The Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland. This summit will give you useful information to improve your practice using Health IT, regardless of your setting or specialty. Speakers will address quality improvement, healthcare delivery reform, and payment reform for RNs and APRNs. Attendees can participate in a series of breakout sessions showcasing how Health IT enables nurses to transform health care delivery and improve health outcomes for patients within their care setting.
ONC Annual Meeting webcast archive
If you missed our 2014 Annual Meeting, or want to re-experience your favorite session, you can check out the webcast archive on HealthIT.gov.
Guidance from the IRS on Reporting Requirements for EHR Incentive Payments
The ONC recently shared a letter it received from the IRS which provides guidance regarding the reporting requirements related to EHR incentive payments. The letter responds to CMS Director Robert Tagalicod’s request for information on the proper information reporting for EHR Incentive payments assigned to eligible