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ONC’s Proposed Rule will Connect People to their Care

Monday, February 11, 2019

Today, I am pleased to announce the release of <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/laws-regulation-and-policy/notice-proposed-rulemaking-improve-interoperability-health">ONC’s proposed rule</a> to implement provisions in Title IV of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We also released a series of educational resources that focus on areas of the rule—including patient access, information blocking, the new conditions of certification, and the role application programming interfaces (API) will play in the new health information technology (health IT) landscape created by the Cures Act. Over the next few weeks,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/QWmFzcUvQyA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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The 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory Reference Edition is Now Available

Monday, January 14, 2019

<a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa">Get your 2019 off to a start with new and updated standards!</a> Since the 2018 comment period on the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) closed on October 1, we combed through all your comments and made improvements based on your suggestions. If you’re new to the ISA, you will find it contains a variety of standards and implementation specifications curated by developers, standards gurus, and other stakeholders to meet interoperability needs (a term we use in the ISA to represent the purpose for use of standards or implementation specifications – similar to a use case) in healthcare.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/86nyH7W00wo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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App Challenge Winner Docket to Add Immunization Data for Individuals

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

<em>The first in an occasional series of “Where are they now?” posts about past ONC Challenge winners</em> It’s been a little more than a year since the <a href="https://docket.care/">Docket app</a> won the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/announcing-winners-move-health-data-challenge/">Move Health Data Forward (MHDF) Challenge</a>, focused on helping consumers consolidate and share their health data. At a recent check in with the Docket team, ONC learned that Docket is continuing to improve patient access by adding new functionality that will allow consumers to access their personal and family immunization records.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/1qaHFDFtcuc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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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

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).<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

<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><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

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.<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

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). 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.<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

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,<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

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.<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

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.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/yZpy9M2oYMY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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