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DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

July 13, 2017 - 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 under Don Rucker’s leadership to be as refreshing as it is practical,” said Kibbe. “Everyone in the health care IT space, particularly...


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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...

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...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

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...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification nationwide. After...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

4 Initiatives Advancing Healthcare Interoperability in 2017

by Kate Monica

Healthcare interoperability has been a priority for vendors and providers since the advent of health data exchange. Timely access to accurate health information regardless of health IT system or location improves provider communication and patient...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute presentation...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to patient...

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...

HL7 Publishes Release 3 of HIT Standard FHIR for Trial Use

by Kate Monica

Health Level 7 International (HL7) has published Release 3 of Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Trial Use (STU), the organization announced midweek. “HL7 is pleased to work on the FHIR specification with many hundreds...

Updated ONC SAFER Guides Encourage EHR Usability, Safety

by Kate Monica

ONC has added updated ONC SAFER Guides to its Health IT Playbook in an effort to help providers improve EHR usability and safety at their practices. The ONC SAFER Guides were designed to help providers ensure patient safety when utilizing new,...

Former Rep. Fleming Named to HHS Health Technology Post

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A former Louisiana congressman has accepted a position within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that could impact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to NOLA.com, John Fleming,...

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