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1UPHealth Wins ONC API Innovation Challenge Using FHIR Server

May 17, 2018 - 1UPHealth recently won the ONC application programming interface (API) innovation challenge by identifying weaknesses in a server built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, and then finding ways to strengthen the FHIR server. ONC’s Secure API Server Showdown Challenge tasked health IT developers with identifying FHIR servers that follow health IT security...


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ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kate Monica

ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the House...

Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently recommended that federal officials require providers to enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request in forthcoming information blocking regulations per the 21st Century Cures Act.  ...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently requested the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) improve transparency and performance standards for clinical decision support systems in submitted comments. AMIA’s...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs

by Kate Monica

The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be worth...

Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter to...

New Bill to Improve Patient Access to Health Information

by Kate Monica

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) recently introduced a bipartisan bill intended to give medical record clearinghouses the ability to improve patient access to health information as well as makes claims data available for analysis...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

by Kate Monica

The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.  ...

EHRA Requests ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Be Voluntary

by Kate Monica

Thirty health IT companies part of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) recently requested ONC make its health data exchange framework voluntary and build on existing standards to improve interoperability. EHRA’s comments came...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally...

AMA Leads Call for Addressing EHR Quality Reporting Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

by Kate Monica

A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads of Executive...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

Using APIs in Healthcare to Make Patient Data Actionable

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent post on The Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point, subject-matter experts — including the foundation’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Research Eric Schneider, MD, MSc, and former US Chief Technology Officer...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval

by Sara Heath

On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

Fate of 21st Century Cures Act Depends on Federal Leadership

by Sara Heath

As the Senate is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act in the coming days, industry leaders continue to issue comment on the law. After the Senate invoked cloture on the law and the House passed it in an overwhelming 392 to 26 vote last week,...

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