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Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs: Released for Public Comment

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

<p>Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/usability-and-provider-burden/strategy-reducing-burden-relating-use-health-it-and-ehrs">draft <em>Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs</em></a> for public comment<em>.</em> This work, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare &#38; Medicaid Services (CMS), was required by Congress under the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/strategy-on-reducing-regulatory-and-administrative-burden-relating-to-the-use-of-health-it-and-ehrs-released-for-public-comment">Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs: Released for Public Comment</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/T2Dl_6llevo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Caring for our loved ones with Health IT: Celebrating National Caregivers Month

Thursday, November 15, 2018

<p><em>This blog is written to honor all of the caregivers who give tirelessly of themselves for a loved one and often feel left alone to navigate the healthcare system. I want you to know you are not alone. We in ONC stand with you both professionally and personally as we dedicate our efforts to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.</em></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/caring-for-our-loved-ones-with-health-it-celebrating-national-caregivers-month">Caring for our loved ones with Health IT: Celebrating National Caregivers Month</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/XSsLfU0a6tU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Acute Care Hospitals Are More Interoperable Than Ever but Challenges Remain

Thursday, October 25, 2018

<p>Today, nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals have adopted certified health IT. New data show that this momentum continues with the introduction of the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/2015-edition">2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition)</a>, which includes new technical capabilities (such as application programming interfaces) that were not required as part of the prior 2014 Edition. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) analysis of 2017 data from the American Hospital Association’s Information Technology Supplement Survey reveals that 93 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals have already upgraded to the 2015 Edition or plan to upgrade.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/acute-care-hospitals-are-more-interoperable-than-ever-but-challenges-remain">Acute Care Hospitals Are More Interoperable Than Ever but Challenges Remain</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/HvxTHC-A17c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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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/b7hFlYaugW4" 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/jzZZfgnm2_Q" 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/QNACzAi53F8" 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/yZpy9M2oYMY" 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/oTL76HGjLbA" 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/~4/9Ud8fMbe_gE" 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/~4/7sSsTZHsDGA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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