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HHS Takes First Step to Spur Health IT Innovation, Investment

June 8, 2018 - With many physicians and healthcare industry leaders raising complaints about the slow pace of health IT innovation, HHS is looking for new ways to drum up competition, funding, and ideas necessary for accelerated improvements. In a newly-released request for information (RFI), HHS solicited feedback from healthcare industry stakeholders about ways to develop a public-private workgroup centered...


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NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated with scientists,...

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.  ...

Senate Confirms Alex Azar Nomination as HHS Secretary

by Kate Monica

Alex Azar won the nomination to serve as HHS Secretary under the Trump Administration during a senate session this afternoon. The Trump Administration nominated the former Eli Lilly American Division President and former HHS General Counsel to...

DOJ Recovered $2.4B in Healthcare False Claims Act Cases in 2017

by Kate Monica

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered approximately $2.4 billion from healthcare False Claims Act cases in 2017, according to an announcement by the federal agency this month. In total, DOJ recovered $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements...

Trump Administration Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

by Kate Monica

The Trump Administration recently announced it has selected former Eli Lilly American Division President and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel Alex Azar to serve as the new HHS Secretary.  The nomination...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms were...

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns from His Position

by Jennifer Bresnick

HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price has resigned as head of the nation’s healthcare agency after a quickly-erupting travel expenses scandal dominated the news this week. Price, who has strongly advocated for all of the Republican Party’s...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,” said...

Yale to Integrate State Prescription Drug Data into Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have partnered with the State of Connecticut and a technology vendor to integrate data from the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPRMS) into its Epic EHR in an effort...

HHS Called on to Eliminate Health Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

A coalition of healthcare stakeholders convened by Health IT Now called HHS and its departments to eliminate information blocking so that providers can effectively aggregate patient EHRs and advance interoperability. The letter from organizations...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

Michigan HIE Links Six Midwest Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) in Michigan recently connected to six other health information exchanges to improve data sharing for patients and providers across the Midwest. The health data exchange network extends interoperability across...

EHR Adoption Driving Need to Update Human Research Rules

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD requesting the implementation of the updated Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to keep pace with rapid...

Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

by Kate Monica

A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

by Kate Monica

Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health records...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you...

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