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ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

February 22, 2018 - As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most stakeholders applauded TEFCA upon its release, concerns about the framework’s complexities, costs, and lack of clarity are beginning to surface....


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DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of Kibbe’s...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

by Kate Monica

ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

How Specialty-Specific EHR Functionality Improves Patient Care

by Kate Monica

The majority of EHR companies have developed solutions targeting the needs of inpatient and ambulatory organizations and workflows of primary care providers. Allscripts, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems, and other large enterprise companies offer...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs

by Kate Monica

The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be worth...

Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter to...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Enjoying Support of Industry

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA), DirectTrust, and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) have voiced support for ONC’s efforts to improve health data exchange via the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common...

Collaborating for EHR Usability Improvements, Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts addressed how collaborating for EHR usability improvements can benefit patient care and safety. In the 32-page report, authors acknowledged that increased EHR use in healthcare has led to clinical efficiency...

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 President Barack...

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...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

by Kate Monica

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in partnership...

ONC Chief Keen on Moving Health IT Innovation Beyond the EHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability and health IT usability were front and center at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting in the nation’s capital and indicative on a change that took hold within the federal agency in recent years following its successful...

Smart EHR Implementation Decisions Key to Usability Improvements

by Kate Monica

Encouraging healthcare organizations and health IT companies to make smarter decisions during the EHR implementation process is the oft-overlooked but vitally important key to enabling EHR usability improvements, according to experts convened...

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 recommendations came...

GE Healthcare EHR Earns 2015 Edition ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

GE Healthcare’s EHR and practice management solutions recently received 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help eligible professionals (EPs) and clinicians successfully meet federal reporting requirements. GE Healthcare’s...

eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against...

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