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Which Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act Has ONC Implemented?

December 12, 2018 - Healthcare stakeholders have voiced concern over ONC’s slow pace in implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) passed in 2016. However, ONC has laid the groundwork to release information blocking regulations, improve patient health data access, promote interoperability, and achieve other objectives outlined in Cures, according to recent testimony from National...


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Sequoia Project Launches Health IT Interoperability Cooperative

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently announced the launch of a public-private health IT interoperability cooperative called Interoperability Matters. The cooperative will primarily work to advance real-world solutions to end information blocking...

HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting...

ONC Issues Request for Information for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

ONC recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment about the EHR Reporting Program to inform the development and implementation of reporting criteria. The EHR Reporting Program mandates that EHR developers must...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

by Elizabeth Snell

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

Stronger Patient Data Access Improves Overall Care Process

by Elizabeth Snell

With technology continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, working towards more seamless healthcare interoperability remains a top priority for healthcare organizations. Having a stronger patient data access process is often hailed as a way to...

Industry Collaboration Can Improve Healthcare Data Inaccuracies

by Elizabeth Snell

Broad collaboration between numerous healthcare stakeholders is crucial for developing an efficient and sustainable system that can cut down on healthcare data inaccuracies, according to a report from the Provider Data Action...

States Could Utilize AI for Improved Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous obstacles to seamless healthcare interoperability at state health and human services (HHS) enterprises, but utilizing new data analytics options could prove fruitful in improving patient outcomes, recent research...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is...

Surescripts Network Expands EHR Interoperability at Point of Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR interoperability by allowing providers to more easily access and exchange patient records remains a top priority at the health information network. Surescripts enabled four million clinical records exchanges over the last...

Google, AMA Launch Health IT Innovation, Interoperability Contest

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Association (AMA) has partnered with Google to launch the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge intended to encourage the development of mobile health IT, including wearable devices and...

New York PDMP Achieves Healthcare Interoperability with 25 States

by Kate Monica

New York’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has achieved healthcare interoperability with PDMPs in 25 other states and Washington DC, according to a recent announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "By removing...

CHIME, HIMSS, Premier Tackle Health Data Exchange Framework

by Kate Monica

HIMSS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Premier healthcare alliance have joined the slew of stakeholders to weigh in on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft. HIMSS...

McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a $400 million contract to McKesson Technologies for a digital imaging network picture archiving and communications health IT system. McKesson will likely supply and maintain the system...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

by Kate Monica

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a joint letter to congressional appropriators requesting they ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement the EHR reporting program. In...

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Connects Over 50% of Providers

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Interoperability Framework now connects over half of the nation’s healthcare providers. Since its inception in July 2016, the interoperability network has grown to include more than 1,000...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider...

AMIA Urges ONC Update 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, Standards

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to ONC urging the federal agency to update the 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, enhance testing, and invest in improving health IT standards. The...

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