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Information Blocking: Eight Regulatory Reminders for October 6th

Friday, September 30, 2022

<p>On October 6, 2022, we reach the end of the more than two-year glide path laid out for the information blocking regulations. Moving forward, expect to see periodic, experience-driven regulatory updates as well as continued work on education, outreach, and oversight, including the establishment of disincentives for health care providers. There may also be <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/information-blocking-and-the-presidents-fy23-budget-for-onc">the possibility of information blocking advisory opinions</a> if Congress grants the Secretary such authority.<br /> This blog post covers a few information blocking (IB) reminders,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/information-blocking-eight-regulatory-reminders-for-october-6th">Information Blocking: Eight Regulatory Reminders for October 6th</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Improving Data Infrastructure for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Monday, September 26, 2022

<p>July 26, 2022, marked the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In celebration of this landmark civil rights law, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) published a report called <a href="https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/dab8370bf95a35d678e6968de86f9ecd/idd-opportunities.pdf">Improving Data Infrastructure for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities</a> (IDD).<br /> In 2017, there were 7.4 million individuals with IDD in the United States. Individuals with IDD often receive care in both traditional health care settings like hospitals,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/improving-data-infrastructure-for-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities">Improving Data Infrastructure for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research through Synthetic Health Data Generation

Monday, September 19, 2022

<p>Real world health data are critical for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). However, it’s often difficult, expensive, and time consuming for researchers to access real-world clinical health data because of privacy concerns, security restrictions, and usage issues. Although PCOR researchers, health information technology developers, and informaticists often depend on anonymized or de-identified clinical health data for testing theories, data models, algorithms, and prototype innovations, re-identification of anonymized data remains a possible security risk. Synthetic health data can provide a no-risk data source to complement research and support testing needs until real clinical health data are available.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/accelerating-patient-centered-outcomes-research-through-synthetic-health-data-generation">Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research through Synthetic Health Data Generation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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ONC and CDC Working Together to Strengthen Public Health Systems, Tools, and Practices that Keep Us Safe

Thursday, September 8, 2022

<p>Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health staff have worked tirelessly to make sense of the extraordinary volumes of data coming at them at different times and in different ways. Because much of this information is unstructured or non-standardized, epidemiologists, scientists, and others must first bring these data into alignment before the real work can begin. The more differences there are in the data, the more painstaking the is work for people on the frontlines trying to put the pieces together fast.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/onc-and-cdc-working-together-to-strengthen-public-health-systems-tools-and-practices-that-keep-us-safe">ONC and CDC Working Together to Strengthen Public Health Systems, Tools, and Practices that Keep Us Safe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Rewards from Machine Learning

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

<p>When talking about artificial intelligence (AI) today, people are usually referring to predictive models—often driven by machine learning (ML) techniques—that “learn” from historic data and make predictions, recommendations, or classifications (outputs) which inform or drive decision making. The power of ML is in its enormous flexibility. You can build a model to predict or recommend just about anything, and we have seen it transform many sectors.<br /> The potential for ML and related technologies in health care is exciting.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/minimizing-risks-and-maximizing-rewards-from-machine-learning">Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Rewards from Machine Learning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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ONC Staff Profiles – Malikah “Mikki” Smith 

Friday, September 2, 2022

<p>How does your division/office fit into ONC?<br /> Cybersecurity is a critical component to create trust for the ongoing use and advancement of information technology. As part of ONC’s Cybersecurity and Enterprise Architecture Division (CEAD), I lead a team that works to provide cybersecurity and enterprise architecture management functions in an integrated and holistic approach across ONC to ensure and facilitate informed IT Capital Planning and investments, enterprise risk posture &#38; management and coordinated Health IT cyber/privacy support.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/from-the-onc-desk/onc-staff-profiles-malikah-mikki-smith">ONC Staff Profiles – Malikah “Mikki” Smith </a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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USCDI+ In Action! ONC and HRSA launch USCDI+ Initiative to support UDS Modernization

Monday, August 29, 2022

<p>A few months ago, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) launched the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/thinking-outside-the-box-the-uscdi-initiative">USCDI+ initiative</a> to support the identification and establishment of domain or program-specific datasets that will operate as extensions to the existing United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI). Recently, our colleagues at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) saw an opportunity to leverage USCDI+ and we have now launched a new USCDI+ collaboration to support HRSA’s <a href="https://bphc.hrsa.gov/data-reporting/uds-training-and-technical-assistance/introduction">Uniform Data System (UDS)</a> reporting through the <a href="https://bphc.hrsa.gov/data-reporting/uds-training-and-technical-assistance/uniform-data-system-uds-modernization-initiative">UDS Modernization Initiative</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/uscdi-in-action-onc-and-hrsa-launch-uscdi-initiative-to-support-uds-modernization">USCDI+ In Action! ONC and HRSA launch USCDI+ Initiative to support UDS Modernization</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Using Health IT Integration to Address the Drug Overdose Crisis

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

<p>The drug overdose crisis in the United States continues to expand – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from 93,655 deaths estimated in 2020.<br /> From 2018 to 2022, as part of efforts to support health IT use in response to the continued increase in drug overdose deaths, ONC and CDC collaborated to develop an interactive tool and resource called the Integration Framework.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/using-health-it-integration-to-address-the-drug-overdose-crisis">Using Health IT Integration to Address the Drug Overdose Crisis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Coming Soon: The 2022 Tech Forum is Around the Corner!

Monday, August 22, 2022

<p>Registration is open for the 2022 ONC Tech Forum! This year’s event will be held virtually over three consecutive “Forum Fridays” on September 9, 16 and 23.<br /> Come join us to hear from industry, government leaders, and ONC staff about the progress made over the past year in health IT. We’ll discuss how ONC and stakeholders are working together to meet today’s challenges, while laying the groundwork for a future digital health care system that advances health care delivery,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/coming-soon-the-2022-tech-forum-is-around-the-corner">Coming Soon: The 2022 Tech Forum is Around the Corner!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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On the Road to Cures Update: Certified API Technology

Friday, August 19, 2022

<p>The moments we’ve all been waiting for since 2016 are fast approaching: the 21st Century Cures Act infrastructure is coming into place in 2022! The Cures Act laid out a vision for a rich health IT ecosystem of standards-based APIs and nationwide health information networks to securely open up electronically accessible information to patients themselves and to health care professionals supporting their care. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, progress on nationwide network integration via <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/marching-forward-the-path-to-operationalize-tefca">TEFCA</a> continues apace,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/on-the-road-to-cures-update-certified-api-technology">On the Road to Cures Update: Certified API Technology</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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