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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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Thinking Outside the Box: The USCDI+ Initiative

Friday, October 8, 2021

<p>Astute readers of the Health IT Buzz Blog (are there any other kind?) and those familiar with ONC&#8217;s 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) Final Rule will recall that we&#8217;ve talked a lot about the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI). ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule adopted <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/united-states-core-data-interoperability-uscdi#uscdi-v1">USCDI version 1</a> as a standard, thereby establishing a new baseline for the data elements required to be accessible through certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/thinking-outside-the-box-the-uscdi-initiative">Thinking Outside the Box: The USCDI+ Initiative</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Take the PULSE of Your Community

Monday, September 27, 2021

<p>Seven years ago the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) began work on the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE). PULSE is an effort to create national resilience by improving first responder access to patient electronic health information they need to provide services and ensure public health during disasters, including public health emergencies.<br /> Recently, ONC launched a new, code-only technical solution called PULSE-Community Edition (PULSE Community) that builds on the original PULSE code.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/take-the-pulse-of-your-community">Take the PULSE of Your Community</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Research Results Published: More Apps are Integrating with EHRs

Friday, September 24, 2021

<p>New ONC research shows a more than 20% rise in the number of apps that integrate with certified electronic health records (EHRs).<br /> A manuscript highlighting the findings of this research was recently published in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association</em>: <a href="https://academic.oup.com/jamia/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocab171/6364773?guestAccessKey=b53cf572-1544-4162-a6a2-f6f84ce7095b">“</a><a href="https://academic.oup.com/jamia/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocab171/6364773?guestAccessKey=b53cf572-1544-4162-a6a2-f6f84ce7095b">The Ecosystem of Apps and Software integrated with Certified Health Information Technology</a>”. Our study analyzed apps that were discoverable in app galleries managed by EHR developers – Allscripts,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/electronic-health-and-medical-records/research-results-published-more-apps-are-integrating-with-ehrs">Research Results Published: More Apps are Integrating with EHRs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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The Marriage of Technology and Policy: How Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Has Impacted Opioid Prescriptions in New York

Thursday, September 23, 2021

<p>When a family member, friend, or loved one develops an opioid addiction, few people know how to respond. Similarly, it is often difficult for healthcare providers to know how to best prevent, detect, and treat opioid use disorder, and almost every provider in the country has had encounters with patients experiencing addiction. As trusted guardians of their patients’ well-being, providers are exploring how to use technology to augment their experience, skill, and knowledge for improved care.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/the-marriage-of-technology-and-policy-how-electronic-prescribing-of-controlled-substances-has-impacted-opioid-prescriptions-in-new-york">The Marriage of Technology and Policy: How Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Has Impacted Opioid Prescriptions in New York</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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