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New Data Highlights Opportunity to Improve Access and Use of Online Medical Records among Individuals with Cancer

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) examines how people diagnosed with cancer access and use their online medical record. Nearly 60 percent of individuals with a previous cancer diagnosis reported being offered access to their online medical record by a healthcare provider or insurer (Figure 1), according to data from the National Cancer Institute’s <a href="https://hints.cancer.gov/">Health Information National Trends Survey</a> (HINTS). This rate is compared to 50 percent for people never diagnosed with cancer.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/jgCDdvvGcBY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Additions to the Health IT Playbook

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is releasing an updated version the <a href="http://www.healthit.gov/playbook">Health IT Playbook</a>, a tool to help clinical practices reduce the burden of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and make the most of their health IT investment. The <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/playbook/">Playbook</a> is an intuitive, easy to navigate, web-based resource designed particularly to help solo and small to medium-sized physician practices with adopting, optimizing, upgrading, or changing EHR systems.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/ZzBSsEEnXls" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Help Us Develop the Federal Health IT Strategy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the draft <a href="http://healthit.gov/plan"><em>2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan</em></a> for public comment. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) led the development of this plan with input from more than 25 federal organizations ONC and our federal partners strive to promote a health information technology (health IT) landscape that can increase transparency, competition, and consumer choice while also seeking to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/h1UCm6qBbzc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Top Six Changes in the ISA 2020 Reference Edition

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Can you believe it’s already 2020? We may still be a few years away from flying cars, but we’ve made a lot of progress since 2010. The Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), too, has changed a lot since the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/sites/default/files/2015interoperabilitystandardsadvisory01232015final_for_public_comment.pdf">first publication in 2015</a> – from a static, 13 page document, to an <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/">interactive website</a> covering close to 200 “interoperability needs” spanning clinical care, public health, administrative transactions, research, consumer access, and more. After receiving public comments during this year’s <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/interoperability-standards-advisory-2019-request-for-comments">review and comment period</a>,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/b-PFqsvjSoE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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HITAC Highlights: Advisory Committee Recommendations Help Inform ONC Policies and Programs

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) consists of a dedicated group of experts who volunteer their time and expertise to provide recommendations on ONC policies and programs. In 2019, the HITAC delivered <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/federal-advisory-committees/recommendations-national-coordinator-health-it">recommendations</a> to the National Coordinator focused on the: <ol> <li><a href="https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/page/2019-07/2019-06-03_All%20FINAL%20HITAC%20NPRM%20Recs_508-signed.pdf">ONC proposed rule for the 21st Century Cures Act</a>, in the areas of Information Blocking, Conditions and Maintenance of Certification, Health IT for the Care Continuum, and the U.S.</li></ol><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/URcgYyPU-JA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Advancing Interoperable Social Determinants of Health Data

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The ability to capture, use, and exchange many aspects of electronic health information has greatly advanced with the increased adoption of health information technology (health IT). Yet the use of data reflecting social determinants of health (SDOH) – the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play – remains much more limited across healthcare. There is a <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/speeches/2018-speeches/the-root-of-the-problem-americas-social-determinants-of-health.html">growing recognition across healthcare</a> that by capturing and accessing SDOH data during the course of care,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/YIL903PYHxs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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3 Global Health IT Takeaways You Need to Know – Reflections from ONC 3rd Interoperability Forum

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) engages in several global health IT projects from a United States government perspective. ONC works with global counterparts to share experiences, and ensure alignment between global interoperability efforts and the United States’ approaches to interoperability. This includes working through worldwide partnerships, bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagements, global networks, and memoranda of understanding. Through these engagements, we focus on advancing common health data standards for global interoperability, enhancing individuals’ access to their data,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/XVg3ncU9fcA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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4 Ways Using the HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Can Help Your Organization

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

As ONC works to advance the development and use of health IT, we know that you play an important and equal role in maintaining the public’s confidence and trust. The privacy and security of health information is always at the forefront of our work and your organization’s business practices. In the spirit of <a href="https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/">National Cyber Security Awareness Month</a> (NCSAM), we want to highlight the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/privacy-security-and-hipaa/security-risk-assessment-tool">HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool</a>, which you can use to assess your organization’s security risks.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/ekANikY7PNI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A New Leader at the Helm of the ONC Health IT Certification Program

Monday, October 28, 2019

I’m pleased to announce that Robert Anthony recently transitioned into the role of the director of the Certification &#38; Testing Division in ONC’s Office of Technology, where he will oversee the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Rob previously served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety and as senior strategic advisor in the Office of Technology at ONC. You’re probably saying to yourself “that name sounds familiar” – and you’re right!<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/EyktdPOxmDA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Data Show Nearly One-Third of Hospitals Can Access PDMP Data within their EHR

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the nation. Equipping healthcare providers with easy access to data about their patients’ opioid prescriptions is one strategy to help reduce opioid misuse. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are state-run databases that collect patient-specific prescription information at the point of care, or when a controlled substance is dispensed. PDMPs can be a tool for health care providers to <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/playbook/opioid-epidemic-and-health-it/#ref-4-1-01">improve prescribing practices,</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/jTaPNJQcx-Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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