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ONC is FHIR’d up: Unwrapping the new Inferno Testing Suite

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

<p>In a blog post from earlier this week, we discussed the growing use of the Health Level 7 (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard. FHIR is just one tool in the toolbox helping improve the interoperability of health information, a goal of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).<br /> We are excited to see the growing use of this standard – and the expectation that the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/heat-wave-the-u-s-is-poised-to-catch-fhir-in-2019/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">U.S. is poised to catch FHIR</a> in 2019.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/onc-is-fhird-up-unwrapping-the-new-inferno-testing-suite/">ONC is FHIR’d up: Unwrapping the new Inferno Testing Suite</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/eI06UoHqcfw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019

Monday, October 1, 2018

<p>Recent blog posts from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  highlight the importance of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they fit into the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures Act) implementation. Today, new analysis shows that the United States (US) might be at a turning point when it comes to the adoption and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard in health information technology (health IT). To understand how we got to this point,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/heat-wave-the-u-s-is-poised-to-catch-fhir-in-2019/">Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019</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/Vhb67LNQrH8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

<p>Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We are making progress. Just last week we released the <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/09/14/samhsa-annual-mental-health-substance-use-data-provide-roadmap-for-future-action.html">2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)</a> data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for substance use disorder in 2017 than in 2016; this was especially true for those with heroin-related opioid use disorders.  In addition, the number of people who initiated use of heroin in 2017 was less than half of the number in 2016.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/using-telemedicine-to-combat-the-opioid-epidemic/">Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic</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/~4/1tisHQFaIck" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Disaster Planning Your Health IT

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

<p>September is National Preparedness Month, which makes it the perfect time for clinicians and healthcare entities to consider what would happen if their health information technology (health IT) systems are unavailable or in some way compromised. This issue has become more important over time as healthcare is increasingly dependent on technology and a growing percentage of the workforce have never practiced without health IT and may not know what to do if their systems or information are unavailable.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/disaster-planning-your-health-it/">Disaster Planning Your Health IT</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/~4/7nscOQqFqV0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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HIPAA & Health Information Portability: A Foundation for Interoperability

Thursday, August 30, 2018

<p>Twenty-two years ago this month, the U.S. Congress enacted the <a href="https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-104publ191/pdf/PLAW-104publ191.pdf">Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)</a>. The federal <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/index.html">Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules</a> implemented under HIPAA, and administered and enforced by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), continue to serve as the national foundation of protections for individually identifiable health information, and of individuals’ rights with respect to their information, including the right to see and obtain copies of their health information from their healthcare providers and health plans.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/privacy-and-security-of-ehrs/hipaa-health-information-portability-a-foundation-for-interoperability/">HIPAA &#038; Health Information Portability: A Foundation for 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/X8OMNmem2_0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A New Home for the Electronic Prescribing Testing Tool

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

<p>In 2017 we announced “<a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/5-year-goal-transition-onc-health-certification-programs-testing-portfolio/">A 5-Year Goal to Transition the ONC Health IT Certification Program’s Testing Portfolio</a>” to include as many industry-developed and maintained testing tools as possible. This month, we reached another important milestone toward this goal: the <a href="https://www.ncpdp.org/home">National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)</a> has formally taken over the stewardship of the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program (Certification Program).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/a-new-home-for-the-electronic-prescribing-testing-tool/">A New Home for the Electronic Prescribing Testing Tool</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/nRJ0CQ2F58k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Interoperability Standards Advisory: Annual Request for Comments

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

<p>Sunscreen – check.<br /> Bathing suit – check.<br /> Towel – check.<br /> Comment on the Interoperability Standards Advisory – …?<br /> Just in time for your summer checklist, don’t forget to do your part and participate in the annual <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa">Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) comment and review period</a>.<br /> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) wants your comments on revisions, additions, and any other improvements we can make to the current content on the ISA site,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/interoperability-standards-advisory-annual-request-for-comments/">Interoperability Standards Advisory: Annual Request for Comments</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/e2hKfTDwSRk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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ONC Supports CMS proposed CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

Thursday, July 12, 2018

<p>The Centers for Medicare &#38; Medicaid Services (CMS), as part of the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, is proposing a historic shift in the documentation requirements associated with clinician office-based Evaluation and Management (E/M) visits for Medicare. This proposal would help to significantly reduce administrative burdens imposed on the nation’s clinicians, allowing them to spend more time with their patients.<br /> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was tasked by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act to work with CMS to reduce clinician burden associated with health information technology.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/onc-supports-cms-proposed-cy-2019-physician-fee-schedule/">ONC Supports CMS proposed CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule</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/c4Jht62lpZo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

<p>The <a href="https://chpl.healthit.gov/#/search">ONC Certified Health IT Product List</a> is the authoritative, comprehensive listing of health information technology (health IT) products that have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/certification-health-it">Certification Program</a>. Health IT products are listed on the CHPL after eligible components have been successfully tested by an ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory and certified by an ONC-Authorized Certification Body.<br /> The CHPL contains detailed data on certified health IT, such as the certification criteria to which the health IT has been certified,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/certified-health-it-product-list-chpl-data-challenge/">Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge</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/Ep3e7rcCEz8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Achieving the Interoperability Promise of 21st Century Cures

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

<p>Over the past decade, hospitals and physician offices have made tremendous gains in shifting their record-keeping from paper to computerized systems. This transition to electronic health records (EHRs) has engendered frustration among clinicians who expected computers to make their care more efficient, and among their patients who expected timely access to their information and seamlessly coordinated care.<br /> To address these challenges, a bipartisan majority of Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (Cures Act).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/achieving-the-interoperability-promise-of-21st-century-cures/">Achieving the Interoperability Promise of 21st Century Cures</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/G8gEJlcF_RY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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