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Global Partnership Leads the Way to Advance Digital Health

Thursday, January 14, 2021

<p>Across the globe, countries are making significant investments and advancements to promote the movement of electronic health information.  Global health information technology (health IT) leaders are working collaboratively to develop, implement, and share best practices with other nations about projects that advance key elements of digital health.  These efforts can yield better patient outcomes, reduce administrative burden on providers, and enable patients’ access to their health data. One of ONC’s primary global health IT engagements for this work is the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/global-digital-health-partnership">Global Digital Health Partnership</a> (GDHP).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/global-partnership-leads-the-way-to-advance-digital-health">Global Partnership Leads the Way to Advance Digital Health</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/ecZ8nuWj9zg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A Path Toward Further Clinical and Administrative Data Integration: Health IT Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to Reduce Burden and Improve Care

Monday, January 11, 2021

<p>The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) recently approved a report and set of recommendations developed by the Intersection of Clinical and Administrative Data (ICAD) Task Force.<br /> The ICAD Task Force was established to produce information and considerations related to the merging of clinical and administrative data. The Task Force included a range of stakeholders as well as members of the HITAC and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). To meet the HITAC’s charge,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/a-path-toward-further-clinical-and-administrative-data-integration-health-it-advisory-committee-makes-recommendations-to-reduce-burden-and-improve-care">A Path Toward Further Clinical and Administrative Data Integration: Health IT Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to Reduce Burden and Improve Care</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/EU9MFBk9-NE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results

Thursday, January 7, 2021

<p>The use of genetic testing is becoming increasingly routine in patient care. For example, tests are available to check newborns for genetic disorders, screen would-be parents for carrier status, inform cancer care, and evaluate potential pharmacogenetic associations. However, the laboratories that perform these tests face many challenges that keep them from being able to return clinical genomic results in a standardized way and fully leverage a patient’s electronic health record. This also affects healthcare professionals’ ability to deliver precision medicine and conduct precision medicine research.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/labs-on-fhir-sharing-genetic-test-results">Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results</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/q6TTtXSLoOo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule Requirements

Monday, January 4, 2021

<p>As the compliance dates for the <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/01/2020-07419/21st-century-cures-act-interoperability-information-blocking-and-the-onc-health-it-certification"><em>21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking, Interoperability, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program</em> Final Rule</a> (ONC Cures Act Final Rule) draw nearer, ONC has created additional resources to assist the health IT developer community. These resources include a consolidated view of key dates, a criterion-by-criterion resource for the 2015 Edition Cures Update, and a deep dive into forthcoming certified application programming interface (API) requirements.<br /> While these new resources focus on specific aspects of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule for health IT developers there is a growing library of educational materials and explanations about it that we encourage all health IT developers to consult:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/01/2020-07419/21st-century-cures-act-interoperability-information-blocking-and-the-onc-health-it-certification">ONC Cures Act Final Rule</a> preamble and regulatory text and the Cures Act Rule <a href="http://www.healthit.gov/curesrule">website</a>;</li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/new-resources-to-help-health-it-developers-understand-onc-cures-act-final-rule-requirements">New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule 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/WLC_whZsN6U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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How Proposed Implementation Specifications for Application Programming Interfaces Would Help to Further Reduce Burden

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

<p>On December 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of proposed rulemaking <a href="https://www.cms.gov/files/document/121020-reducing-provider-and-patient-burden-cms-9123-p.pdf">Reducing Provider and Patient Burden by Improving Prior Authorization Processes, and Promoting Patients’ Electronic Access to Health Information</a>, which builds on the Centers for Medicare &#38; Medicaid Services’ (CMS) <a href="https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index">Interoperability and Patient Access</a> final rule released earlier this year. This new proposed rule includes additional proposed requirements for payers to implement standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) that can help address critical health care challenges such as improving the efficiency of prior authorization processes.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/how-proposed-implementation-specifications-for-application-programming-interfaces-would-help-to-further-reduce-burden">How Proposed Implementation Specifications for Application Programming Interfaces Would Help to Further Reduce Burden</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/OQIOy261cG0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Taking a LEAP: Transposing the Apps Model for Individual Health Records to Population Health

Friday, December 18, 2020

<p>Because of advances in interoperability, it’s becoming increasingly common for people and their healthcare providers to access and share information from electronic health records (EHRs) using apps. Could this same approach allow large-scale data sharing between healthcare provider organizations, payors (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers), or public health officials? An app providing shared insights into a common dataset could transform the way value-based care is delivered and measured.<br /> Hospitals could share subsets of EHR data with payors while using the system to gauge their own performance in terms of patient safety,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/taking-a-leap-transposing-the-apps-model-for-individual-health-records-to-population-health">Taking a LEAP: Transposing the Apps Model for Individual Health Records to Population Health</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/~4/5etgWIoRWG8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Showing the Way to Useful Health IT through Human Factors and Ergonomics

Thursday, December 17, 2020

<p>For health IT to benefit health and healthcare, it must be useable by – and useful to – patients and clinicians.  This is precisely where the discipline of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) serves as an essential foundation for the development, implementation, and use of high-quality health information systems and practices.  HFE improves overall performance through study of interactions among humans and other elements of a system.<br /> We recently published a <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687020300703">forward-looking article</a> in a special issue of Applied Ergonomics<em>,</em></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/usability/showing-the-way-to-useful-health-it-through-human-factors-and-ergonomics">Showing the Way to Useful Health IT through Human Factors and Ergonomics</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/StafVlZf7gM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Pssst…Information blocking practices, your days are numbered…Pass it on.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

<p>Passed four years ago, the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) included a definition of “information blocking.” On behalf of the HHS Secretary, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was tasked with implementing this definition and its “exceptions.” The new regulation (also a “law”) published in the Federal Register this past May by ONC identified three types of participants in health care that are covered under information blocking: 1) health care providers,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/pssst-information-blocking-practices-your-days-are-numberedpass-it-on">Pssst…Information blocking practices, your days are numbered…Pass it on.</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/lSpbo1AEyXo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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To share or not to share, what’s an exception (to information blocking)?

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

<p>In a <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/pssst-information-blocking-practices-your-days-are-numberedpass-it-on">companion blog post</a> I covered some foundational points about the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures Act) information blocking law and the regulation ONC issued to implement the law.<br /> As a quick recap, there are three categories of “actors” to whom the law applies: health care providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, and health information networks (HINs)/health information exchanges (HIEs). Based on the information blocking law, in general, if these three types of actors engage in practices that interfere with the access,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/to-share-or-not-to-share-whats-an-exception-to-information-blocking">To share or not to share, what&#8217;s an exception (to information blocking)?</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/~4/6dF4nSEvShM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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With 2021 fast approaching, there’s more in store for APIs in healthcare

Monday, December 14, 2020

<p>Our recent virtual event, <em>Accelerating APIs in Healthcare: A Year in Review and Momentum for 2021</em>, featured more than 1,000 viewers and 40 speakers with one clear, consistent message: big things will come in 2021. The full recording is now available on our <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/accelerating-apis-healthcare-year-review-and-momentum-2021">website</a>.<br /> We got a front-row seat not just to presentations, but to the passion from our partners across industry for improving health IT (and individuals’ health). The event showcased and set the stage for how application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare will connect clinicians to better data,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/with-2021-fast-approaching-theres-more-in-store-for-apis-in-healthcare">With 2021 fast approaching, there’s more in store for APIs in 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/~4/2jkD3msvhnA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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