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March 29, 2013  12:33 PM

ONC launches policy crowdsourcing platform, starts with eHealth

Posted by: EmilyHuizenga
eHealth, EHR, eRulemaking Initiative, ONC, PlanningRoom

The ONC wants public input to update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and is using a policy crowdsourcing platform to do it. The agency has partnered with Cornell...

February 14, 2013  2:57 PM

Patient-generated data standards: Stage 3 meaningful use?

Posted by: EdBurns
Doug Fridsma, health IT policy committee, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 3, ONC

The Health IT Policy Committee put patient-generated data on the agenda when it included a provision in its stage 3 meaningful use request for...

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January 22, 2013  11:55 AM

Doctors offer critical opinion of online physician review

Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, health IT workforce, ONC, Physician ranking

Only 12% of physicians believe websites where patients can review doctors are useful and should be made more available to patients, according to a study by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). A majority...

January 2, 2013  5:49 PM

ONC EHR safety plan in the works; public comment sought

Posted by: DonFluckinger
AHRQ, EHR implementation, EHR safety, ONC, ONC-ACTB

Just before the U.S. health care system went on skeleton crews for the long holiday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT dropped a little policy package under the tree that might seem like an innocent little 39-page PDF, but it could have much larger ramifications for CIOs and the...

December 19, 2012  2:51 PM

ECRI Institute: Mixing up EHR data still top 2013 patient safety risk

Posted by: DonFluckinger
EHR data, EHR implementation, HIE, ONC, patient safety

"Many care decisions today are based on data in an EHR or other information  system," according to an ECRI Institute report on patient safety risks, "and incorrect data can result in incorrect treatment, potentially resulting in patient harm." "In addition, as EHR data flows through health...

December 18, 2012  12:52 PM

Accountable care organization model in the works by EHR-certifier

Posted by: adelvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, CCHIT, EHR certification, ONC

An IT model for accountable care organizations (ACOs) is being developed by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). CCHIT is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to certify electronic health record products.

December 13, 2012  11:55 AM

ONC launches mobile-device HIPAA compliance guidance page

Posted by: DonFluckinger
BYOD, HIPAA, mHealth, mobile device management, mobile health, ONC

At this week's ONC Annual Meeting, federal health IT authorities unveiled a new site offering guidance for physicians and hospitals to deal with HIPAA compliance in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era. Smartphones, tablets and laptops might make administering health care more convenient and...

December 6, 2012  5:02 PM

ONC, CMS issue revisions to meaningful use stage 2

Posted by: DonFluckinger
CMS, EHR certification, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) along with CMS issued an interim final rule (IFR) this week – setting off a 60-day public comment period – making minor course adjustments to

October 23, 2012  3:45 PM

Health information management funding continues to grow

Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, health information management, mobile health, ONC

Many companies are transitioning their data online while exploring ways to keep costs to a minimum, which is aided by investing in health information management (HIM). To that end, health care IT venture capital funding continued its steady upward trend in the third quarter of 2012, with investors...

September 25, 2012  11:33 AM

Patient engagement starts with insurance selection

Posted by: adelvecchio
Blue Button, hhs, ONC, patient engagement

A new regulation in national health care law requires private insurance companies and employers to provide consumers with a description of their policy’s medical coverage called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). The law will also provide consumers with access to a glossary of medical and...

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