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AHRQ, PCORI to Fund Learning Health System Research, Training

September 14, 2017 - The Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is teaming up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to award grants of up to $8 million to nearly a dozen career development programs in an effort to promote a sustainable learning health system workforce. As many as ten program applicants will earn institutional career development awards for training clinician and research...


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ONC Pushes Public Health Agencies to Improve HIE Integration

by Kate Monica

An ONC resource on how public health agencies utilize health information exchange (HIE) integration contains best practices and insights using interviews from public health agencies in 16 jurisdictions. The findings detailed in the report focus...

EHR Use Prevalent Among Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016

by Kate Monica

A new ONC data brief exploring EHR adoption, use, and interoperability in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found 64 percent of facilities used EHRs to manage patient health data in 2016. The data brief marks a first at ONC in measuring SNF EHR...

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.  ...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC health IT...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations governing...

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...

Healthcare’s Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption and health data exchange have steadily increased across most care settings as a result of the EHR Incentive Programs. While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information...

Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

by Kate Monica

ONC recently posted key takeaways from its first multi-stakeholder meeting to develop a national plan for standardizing health data exchange, otherwise known as the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. In particular,...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing 5,400...

Utah HIE Links Three Western Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) recently linked with three other health information exchanges across the West in an effort to facilitate the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for individuals who visit...

DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD recently released a statement commending plans discussed during the ONC press conference to focus on improving EHR usability and interoperability in health IT. “I find the attitude and direction ONC is taking...

How ONC Will Spur EHR Usability, Interoperability Improvements

by Kate Monica

In a press conference yesterday, ONC officials appointed by the Trump Administration cited EHR usability improvements and interoperability as the agency’s top priorities moving forward. EHR Usability To tackle the EHR usability problem,...

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....

Greenway Health Achieves 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Greenway Health recently announced its EHR solution has earned 2015 ONC Health IT certification allowing community providers to receive payments under Medicaid meaningful use Stage 3 and Quality Payment Program (QPP) requirements. Greenways certified...

Informatics Take Over at the Office of the National Coordinator

by Kate Monica

A new post by Don Rucker, MD offers healthcare professionals insight into the healthcare and informatics experiences of the newest National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In an article on ONC’s blog, Rucker weighs in on...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

by Kate Monica

A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes...

How Providers, Developers Can Collaborate for EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect...

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