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GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

February 28, 2017 - Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s own goal to promote EHR use in post-acute settings (e.g., nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals), GAO found that HHS has fallen short in...


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GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

by Kate Monica

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

by Kate Monica

Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

by Kate Monica

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees....

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...

Eligible Hospitals Progress in Meaningful Use Public Health

by Kate Monica

Of the four meaningful use public health measures available for eligible hospitals to report, active reporting of electronic immunization registry and reportable laboratory results were the two most common. According to ONC, 4,043 eligible and...

DeSalvo to Leave Post as National Coordinator

by Sara Heath

Karen DeSalvo, MD, will be leaving her post as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to a recent announcement from HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. DeSalvo has left behind a legacy of advanced health IT interoperability...

ONC Releases Health IT Certification Surveillance Results

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare stakeholders can now view surveillance results for products in the Health IT Certification program on the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology’s (ONC) website, according to an official blog post....

ONC Tabs $625K for Health IT, EHR App Development Contests

by Sara Heath

A total of $625,000 is up for grabs in three new healthcare app and health IT developer contests, announced earlier this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The agency has begun three different contests for healthcare...

ONC Promotes Health IT Interoperability with New Tech Lab

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is ramping up its efforts to drive nationwide interoperability through a new project, the ONC Tech Lab. In a blog post earlier this week, ONC’s Director of the Office of Standards...

ONC 2017 Budget Focuses on EHR Interoperability, Transparency

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has received a $22 million increase for its 2017 budget, helping the agency improve the nation’s health IT infrastructure and EHR interoperability. According to the budget plans...

CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and Requirements...

NIST Releases More Test Modules for ONC 2015 HIT Criteria

by Sara Heath

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released testing modules for the 2015 health IT systems certification. According to a public announcement, these NIST test programs will help providers test their health IT programs...

Unified EHR Interoperability Standards Advised

by Vera Gruessner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory earlier this year and opened up the public comment period until Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET. This advisory focused on determining...

DeSalvo Will Continue ONC Work while Focusing on Ebola

by Jennifer Bresnick

Karen DeSalvo will not be resigning her position as National Coordinator despite her appointment to the nation’s Ebola taskforce, HHS confirms. National Coordinator Dr. Karen DeSalvo will not be leaving the ONC behind entirely as she serves...

HITPC seeks input on Meaningful Use, LTPAC EHR criteria

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) will be hosting a series of listening sessions to gather industry input on the EHR Incentive Programs as well as the health IT needs of non-eligible organizations like long-term care and post-acute...

ONC approves ANSI for second term as approved accreditor

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has received approval from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to serve another three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the HIT Certification...

ONC: EHR adoption skyrockets at safety net health centers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community health centers that cater to underserved populations are rapidly adopting electronic health records and improving care quality, health information exchange, and key aspects of patient safety, according to a study published in the Journal...

California health systems partner for health, HIT innovation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Few if any adopters of EHR and healthcare technology admit to being completely satisfied with the hardware and software currently at their fingertips, often pointing to a lack of user-driven design and usability. A partnership between two major...

ONC: Hospitals dramatically increase EHR, HIE adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals are hard at work to bolster their health IT systems and adopt advanced capabilities like health information exchange, says a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator, though a great deal work remains to be done.  More...

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