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3…2…1…TEFCA is Go for Launch

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

<p>The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement is now available. Within the health information technology (health IT) world, few things have been as elusive as a governance framework for nationwide health information exchange. When ONC was formed in 2004, the concept of a nationwide health information network—where your information could be located across the country in a click—was a big picture vision that drove the federal government’s early health IT infrastructure, standards, policy actions, and investments.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/321tefca-is-go-for-launch">3…2…1…TEFCA is Go for Launch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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2022 ISA Reference Edition Now Available

Monday, January 10, 2022

<p>Today we are pleased to ring in the new year with the release of the 8th annual update of the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/sites/isa/files/inline-files/2022-ISA-Reference-Edition.pdf">Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition</a>, ONC’s catalog of curated standards and implementation specifications for health information interoperability that reflects extensive feedback from industry and federal agencies. Many of the updates can be found on our <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/recent-isa-updates">Recent ISA Updates</a> page.</p> <h4>Noteworthy Updates to the ISA for 2022</h4> <p>COVID-19. We’ve added Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Information System (IIS) code set standards and Health Level Seven (HL7®) IIS implementation guidance to the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/covid-19">COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic</a> interoperability need. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/2022-isa-reference-edition-now-available">2022 ISA Reference Edition Now Available</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Today’s the day for Project US@

Friday, January 7, 2022

<p>Earlier today we announced the release of the Project US@ (“Project USA”) Technical Specification Final Version 1.0 and thereby completed our one year goal to coordinate the creation of a health care specification that could be used across the industry for representing patient addresses (mailing, physical, billing, etc.). This new “tech spec” will advance the health care industry’s proficiency in recording and managing accurate and consistently formatted patient addresses and support more efficient patient matching and record linkage.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/todays-the-day-for-project-us">Today’s the day for Project US@</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Say Hi to EHI

Monday, December 20, 2021

<p>ONC’s <a href="https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-45/subtitle-A/subchapter-D/part-171?toc=1">information blocking regulations</a> apply to <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/resources/information-blocking-faqs?options=270191df-fca6-4520-9a82-c06b61abc577">interferences</a> with the access, exchange, or use of <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-07419/p-3824">electronic health information (EHI)</a> (<a href="https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-45/subtitle-A/subchapter-D/part-171?toc=1">45 CFR Part 171</a>) and define certain exceptions to the definition of information blocking. Thus, it’s important that those subject to the information blocking regulations – health care providers, developers of certified health IT, and health information networks/exchanges (cumulatively, “<a href="https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/cures/2020-03/InformationBlockingActors.pdf">actors</a>”) – understand what health information the regulations cover.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/say-hi-to-ehi">Say Hi to EHI</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Harnessing Electronic Health Data in the Palm of Your Hand: New Survey Data Shows Increasing Availability of Patient-Facing APIs and Early Uptake by Patients

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

<p>More and more individuals are using digital data to make informed decisions about their health. Whether it be health information collected by wearable devices or lab test results in a patient portal, individuals can now access, share, and use electronic health data to manage their health needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of individuals taking a proactive approach to accessing to their electronic health information so that they can be better prepared in advance of an emergency.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/consumer/harnessing-electronic-health-data-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-new-survey-data-shows-increasing-availability-of-patient-facing-apis-and-early-uptake-by-patients">Harnessing Electronic Health Data in the Palm of Your Hand: New Survey Data Shows Increasing Availability of Patient-Facing APIs and Early Uptake by Patients</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Information Sharing After the 21st Century Cures Act

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

<p>When President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law in 2016, it marked a significant shift in health policy and health law. Not since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has there been a more noteworthy change in how <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-07419/p-3824">electronic health information (EHI)</a> is approached under United States federal law. Importantly, the Cures Act’s information blocking provision should always be considered in the context of other laws that speak to how EHI is shared in health care.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/information-sharing-after-the-21st-century-cures-act">Information Sharing After the 21st Century Cures Act</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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What we heard: Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030

Monday, November 15, 2021

<p>What should 2030 look like because of interoperability? That’s what we asked our stakeholders back in May 2021. And boy, did you all deliver! We received an overwhelming number of submissions, north of 700 one-liners, from Twitter and HealthIT.gov. We even got video submissions from leaders in the field – thank you again!<br /> Each “outcome statement” had its own personal twist on what the future should look like – what interoperability should make possible by 2030.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/what-we-heard-health-interoperability-outcomes-2030">What we heard: Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Enhancing Person-Centered Care Through Inclusive Standards Development

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

<p>In a field like health care where precision can mean saving a life, one irony I often reflect on is how unclear we’ve been about “sex” and “gender.” Among many anecdotes, this includes at times putting the prefix “administrative” in front of each to inexplicably constrain the meaning in ways that are rarely universally understood.<br /> While this may seem like a whole lot of hullabaloo, disambiguating (I play SCRABBLE®) the meaning, context, and expected use of sex and gender identity can have substantive quality and safety impacts on a person’s care.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/enhancing-person-centered-care-through-inclusive-standards-development">Enhancing Person-Centered Care Through Inclusive Standards Development</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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A Care Coordinated Journey: Breast Cancer & Technology-Enabled Care

Thursday, October 21, 2021

<p>October is a great month for so many reasons. Costume shopping with the kids, the beauty of autumn, and—hitting close to home for me as a breast cancer survivor—National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!<br /> It is a time to raise awareness about <a href="https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast">breast cancer</a>, share how early detection can save lives, and remind us all that breast cancer is not just a disease that threatens women. It is a time to spread awareness in support of all the current breast cancer fighters,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/a-care-coordinated-journey-breast-cancer-technology-enabled-care">A Care Coordinated Journey: Breast Cancer &#038; Technology-Enabled Care</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Aligning with Standards Development Community: The New Cycle for Standards Version Advancement Process

Friday, October 15, 2021

<p>As part of ONC’s ongoing charge to coordinate across federal and industry stakeholders, we determined it was necessary to adjust our Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) timeline. Although it may seem like this process has been around for a while, it’s still brand new and we’ve been looking at ways to optimize how the process aligns with other standards development work in the community. The changes we’ve made will help ensure timely publication of implementation specifications central to our cadence for new versions of USCDI.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/aligning-with-standards-development-community-the-new-cycle-for-standards-version-advancement-process">Aligning with Standards Development Community: The New Cycle for Standards Version Advancement Process</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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