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Nurses: The Unsung Heroes Changing Healthcare

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

<p>Nurses are the lifeblood of our healthcare system. Every day throughout the country, dedicated and compassionate nurses are having a positive impact on the health and lives of patients. But that’s not news to anyone!<br /> What might be news to most Americans, however, is the critical role that nurses play in revolutionizing our health care system through the adoption and widespread use of technology – particularly electronic health records (EHRs). During this National Nurses Week, I want to highlight the important role nurses provide as they shepherd in the next generation of technology that promotes better,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/from-the-onc-desk/nurses-unsung-heroes-changing-healthcare/">Nurses: The Unsung Heroes Changing Healthcare</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/yB1FBCHygjo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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APIs: A Path to Putting Patients at the Center

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

<p>I remember when visiting a city required paper maps and often actual guidebooks. Today, I tap on a map app on my phone, enter my destination, and review options for getting from point A to point B. In recent years, these applications have expanded to integrate ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and public transit information. Map apps provide two key real-time data points to help me compare the different options: the time it will take to get to my destination and the cost.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/apis-path-putting-patients-center/">APIs: A Path to Putting Patients at the Center</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/UETn6Oe8Hfc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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An Updated Resource about Health IT – Launching the Redesigned HealthIT.gov

Monday, April 2, 2018

<p>If you’re reading this blog post, then chances are that you have noticed something new about <a href="http://www.healthit.gov">HealthIT.gov</a>. I’m pleased to introduce our new and improved website – a resource that provides visitors with an authoritative resource on all things related to health IT. When ONC originally launched HealthIT.gov in 2011, it was the primary source of information about health information technology (health IT) from the federal government. Users reported that the website met their needs for many years,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/updated-resource-health-launching-redesigned-healthitgov/">An Updated Resource about Health IT – Launching the Redesigned HealthIT.gov</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/8PptX5UwsfQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Visualized: Mashing up 2015 Edition Certification and Progress Attestation Requirements

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

<p>Have you ever wondered what a health information technology (health IT) developer’s share of meaningful use eligible hospitals looked like compared to its peers? How about the same for eligible clinicians under the Quality Payment Program (QPP)? Well, look no further. Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published <a href="https://dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/2015-edition-market-readiness-hospitals-clinicians.php">two data visualizations</a> that display health IT developers’ progress in certifying to the <a href="https://beta.healthit.gov/topic/certification/2015-edition">2015 Edition certification criteria</a> combined with comparable statistics on the approximate share of eligible hospitals and clinicians who use the developers’ technology.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/reports/visualized-mashing-2015-edition-certification-progress-attestation-requirements/">Visualized: Mashing up 2015 Edition Certification and Progress Attestation Requirements</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/jvesFxZPpQY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Hype to Reality: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Transform Health and Healthcare

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) – the ability of computers to learn human-like functions or tasks – has shown great promise. What was previously considered the sole domain of human cognition is already being leveraged successfully across many industries. Now, the technology sector is witnessing what appears to be important new advances in AI that are bringing a new wave of interest for how it might shape the future of health and healthcare.<br /> The rapid digitization of health data through the use of heath information technology (health IT) in the United States has created major opportunities in the use of AI.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/hype-reality-artificial-intelligence-ai-transform-health-healthcare/">Hype to Reality: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Transform Health and Healthcare</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/klwhXjhM1KM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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2017 ONC Annual Meeting Highlights: Why Burden Reduction and Interoperability Matter

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

<p>If you’ve heard me speak in the past few months, you’ll know that the focus of my remarks is primarily on ONC’s mission to achieve nationwide interoperability and reduce clinician burden relative to health IT.  I emphasize these areas because they are absolutely critical to the health of Americans using our healthcare system.<br /> <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/image1.jpeg"></a><br /> <em>A full house for the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting at the Washington Hilton Ballroom<br /> </em><em>Photo: Peter Ashkenaz</em><br /> A few weeks ago,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/2017-onc-annual-meeting-highlights-burden-reduction-interoperability-matter/">2017 ONC Annual Meeting Highlights: Why Burden Reduction and Interoperability Matter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/0QAu3Id7mOc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement: A Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information Interoperability

Friday, January 5, 2018

<p>The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law in December 2016, calls on the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to work with federal partners, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the healthcare and health information technology (health IT) industries to provide interoperability for all.<br /> Currently, there are many Health Information Networks (HINs) that operate locally, regionally, or nationally.  But often, these entities don’t exchange health information with each other due to variations in their participation agreements and sometimes competitive interests.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/trusted-exchange-framework-common-agreement-common-sense-approach-achieving-health-information-interoperability/">Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement: A Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information Interoperability</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/J9jzzeK6ogw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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These Genes are on FHIR! Advances in Standardizing Genomics through HL7® FHIR®

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

<p>Earlier this year, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with National Institutes of Health (NIH), <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/precision-medicine/precision-medicine-era-dawning/">announced</a> the Sync for Genes pilots – an effort to strengthen genomic data sharing that is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative.  As a result of this effort, a set of genomics specifications have been refined as part of the <a href="http://hl7.org/fhir/genomics.html">Health Level 7 (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) standard</a>,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/precision-medicine/genes-fhir-advances-standardizing-genomics-hl7-fhir/">These Genes are on FHIR! Advances in Standardizing Genomics through HL7® FHIR®</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/9wRuJe6Ws9o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Reflections from a Health IT Perspective on Disaster Response

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

<p>Health information technology (health IT) has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina came roaring ashore in 2005.  At that time, few hospitals in the region had adopted electronic health records (EHRs).  To address some coordination issues, a national foundation comprised of several private businesses, national physician organizations, and other health professionals stood up a basic system to share medication history with providers in a matter of hours. This system, <a href="https://www.markle.org/publications/894-lessons-katrinahealth">KatrinaHealth.org</a>, was helpful in limited circumstances;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/reflections-health-perspective-disaster-response/">Reflections from a Health IT Perspective on Disaster Response</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/DnN5OWGe5oE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Caregiving in an Electronic Age

Thursday, November 2, 2017

<p>As the youngest child in a relatively large extended family, I never thought I would be called upon to help my mom be a caregiver for my grandparents, who throughout my life were incredibly healthy.  Unfortunately, dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, do not discriminate in choosing their victims, and my once healthy grandparents now require a higher level of care. And with that care, comes the need to make sure that we family caregivers have the information we need to help manage their care,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/caregiving-electronic-age/">Caregiving in an Electronic Age</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/fgJuawfY0QM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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