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Power to the Patient: Our Record, Our Right, Our Choice

Thursday, March 12, 2020

On Monday, March 9th 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/21st-century-cures-act/the-cures-final-rule">released</a> the long awaited final rule to address information blocking and update the ONC Health IT Certification Program as directed by Congress through the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (the Cures Act). As a patient, a caregiver for two kids, and an only child preparing to care for aging parents, I look forward to being able to access our medical records and manage our health with the ease and convenience I already experience in most of the economy outside of health care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/-EgfcgOVOQg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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The Cures Act Final Rule: Interoperability-Focused Policies that Empower Patients and Support Providers

Monday, March 9, 2020

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the release of the <em>21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule</em>, which implements provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress. We thank Congress for the passage of the Cures Act and we look forward to implementing the final rule, which promotes patient access to their electronic health information, supports provider needs,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/wgtfhfRQP4c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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We’re One in a Million: ONC and the Precision Medicine Initiative

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The increasing availability of electronic health data in the 21st century has tremendous potential to ignite a new era of inquiry and discovery. ONC is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), a federal effort to spur the next generation of health research by rethinking access, aggregation, storage, and analysis of many kinds of health and health-related data. With precision medicine, researchers will be able to make new discoveries about health and illness to bring a more personalized approach to patient care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/2ZxoVTsRH5k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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ONC Releases National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda

Monday, February 24, 2020

The accelerated use of health IT has led to exponential growth in the amount and availability of electronic health data. Despite this progress, certain research and scientific breakthroughs may remain slow due to difficulties with health IT infrastructure and the lack of high quality health data. To better understand and address these challenges, ONC led the development of <em>National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda</em>, which articulates a vision where research can happen more quickly and effectively.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/yy5AM0KiTJU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Final Report Delivers a Strategy to Reduce EHR Burden

Friday, February 21, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a comprehensive strategy to reduce the regulatory and administrative burden related to the use of health IT, including EHRs. Reflective of public comment, the <em>Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burdens Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs</em> targets burdens tied to regulatory and administrative requirements that HHS can directly impact through the rulemaking process. The report’s strategies, recommendations, and policy shifts aim to give clinicians more time to focus on what matters – caring for their patients.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/ib13qq7SBxE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Key Takeaways from the ONC 2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 6, 2020

More than 1,200 stakeholders gathered this year in Washington, DC for the ONC’s 10th <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/2020-onc-annual-meeting">Annual Meeting</a>, <em>Connecting Policy and Technology: Bringing the EHR to the Patient</em>. Among many other health IT topics, attendees discussed patients’ access to health information and privacy considerations, health care cost transparency, and the latest updates to health IT standards. If you were not able to join us in DC, you can view the <a href="http://events.tvworldwide.com/Events/ONC-Annual-Meeting-2020">webcast</a>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/pLN-oj2odwE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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PULSE Supports Health Care During Disasters

Friday, January 24, 2020

When disaster strikes, most of us think about how we can best protect ourselves and our loved ones. We can’t always think about our health records though. Disasters can often aggravate chronic disease and cause disruptions at hospitals, clinics and other health care and social service facilities. If we even have them, very few of us think about taking our health records when evacuating, but that’s where health IT can help. <h4>Using Health IT During a Disaster </h4> PULSE – the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies – is an electronic health information system designed to help people manage their health care during and right after a disaster.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/DEBwBsWEdXM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Data Highlights Opportunity to Improve Access and Use of Online Medical Records among Individuals with Cancer

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) examines how people diagnosed with cancer access and use their online medical record. Nearly 60 percent of individuals with a previous cancer diagnosis reported being offered access to their online medical record by a healthcare provider or insurer (Figure 1), according to data from the National Cancer Institute’s <a href="https://hints.cancer.gov/">Health Information National Trends Survey</a> (HINTS). This rate is compared to 50 percent for people never diagnosed with cancer.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/jgCDdvvGcBY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Additions to the Health IT Playbook

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is releasing an updated version the <a href="http://www.healthit.gov/playbook">Health IT Playbook</a>, a tool to help clinical practices reduce the burden of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and make the most of their health IT investment. The <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/playbook/">Playbook</a> is an intuitive, easy to navigate, web-based resource designed particularly to help solo and small to medium-sized physician practices with adopting, optimizing, upgrading, or changing EHR systems.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/ZzBSsEEnXls" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Help Us Develop the Federal Health IT Strategy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the draft <a href="http://healthit.gov/plan"><em>2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan</em></a> for public comment. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) led the development of this plan with input from more than 25 federal organizations. ONC and our federal partners strive to promote a health information technology (health IT) landscape that can increase transparency, competition, and consumer choice while also seeking to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/h1UCm6qBbzc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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