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Top Takeaways from the 2021 ONC Annual Meeting

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

<h4>ONC Leader Gives Health IT Vision </h4> <p>ONC’s newly appointed national coordinator Micky Tripathi introduced the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/2021-onc-annual-meeting">2021 ONC Annual Meeting</a> by sharing his vision for the future of health IT strategy and policy throughout the healthcare system. He talked about the agency’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, striving for health equity through the use of health IT (he calls it “equity by design”), advancing interoperability of health information, and reducing the burden of health IT on clinicians. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/top-takeaways-from-the-2021-onc-annual-meeting">Top Takeaways from the 2021 ONC Annual Meeting</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/-z3qwvc2hqI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A New Day for Interoperability – The Information Blocking Regulations Start Now

Monday, April 5, 2021

<p>Enacted by Congress over four years ago through Section 4004 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and implemented through a final rule released over one year ago, the time has come for the benefits of the Cures Act’s information blocking provision to swing into full gear.</p> <p>Starting today, April 5th, 2021, the following participants in health care will need to follow the law: 1) health care providers, 2) health IT developers of certified health IT,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/a-new-day-for-interoperability-the-information-blocking-regulations-start-now">A New Day for Interoperability – The Information Blocking Regulations Start Now</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/jxajmnF11rs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Reducing the Clinician Burden: Shaping Health IT as an Asset

Thursday, March 4, 2021

<p>Health IT has helped drive progress in health care over the last decade, but it has also introduced a variety of different challenges, many reported by the clinical community. As we explored in our <a href="https://academic.oup.com/jamia/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocaa330/6133902?guestAccessKey=c8c9f69e-4b5f-4feb-99a7-d90730cf479e">latest article</a> published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, ONC and other federal partners have taken and continue to take steps to reduce clinician burden when using health IT. <br /> As adoption of health IT has increased, we have seen firsthand how usability issues associated with the underlying software, </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/electronic-health-and-medical-records/reducing-the-clinician-burden-shaping-health-it-as-an-asset">Reducing the Clinician Burden: Shaping Health IT as an Asset</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/SrSiMT2RIpw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Researchers’ Perspectives on Accelerating APIs and App Connectivity

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

<p>Today’s health information ecosystem is broadening in terms of participants and data availability. The data sources that exist to inform clinical and biomedical research are more diverse than ever, drawing from electronic health records (EHRs), genomic tests, recordings from wearable devices, and patient surveys, to name a few. The insights that can be drawn from these require effective data collection, aggregation, and sharing in addition to health IT infrastructure capable of supporting research goals. To address some of these requirements, </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it-implementation/researchers-perspectives-on-accelerating-apis-and-app-connectivity">Researchers’ Perspectives on Accelerating APIs and App Connectivity</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/mKxu6qEE7vg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Top Updates to the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – 2021 ISA Reference Edition Now Available

Monday, February 8, 2021

<p>Even if you’re not a standards guru, it’s not a stretch to say that standards help the world go ‘round, especially in the world of health information technology (health IT).  <br /> ONC is excited to share the 2021 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. Whether you’re a policy wonk, a software developer, or a public health pro, there’s a little <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/recent-isa-updates">something for everyone </a>this year.  (And if you are a standards professional, you might want to track the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/isa-rss-feed">ISA’s RSS Feed</a> &#8211; </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/top-updates-to-the-interoperability-standards-advisory-isa-2021-isa-reference-edition-now-available">Top Updates to the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – 2021 ISA Reference Edition Now Available</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/ymJE06kfTdU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Standards Beyond the Clinic: Capturing Patient Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

<p>Does the neighborhood I live in affect my health? How am I going to be able to see the specialist without a car? Can I share blood pressure and blood sugar readings I take at home with my doctor so she can monitor how I’m doing? These critical questions have helped to drive precision medicine research as well as improving care management and coordination.<br /> While researchers and providers seek to capture and integrate insightful patient data from non-clinical settings and understand how social and environmental issues impact health,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/standards-beyond-the-clinic-capturing-patient-health-data-to-advance-precision-medicine">Standards Beyond the Clinic: Capturing Patient Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine</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/ljfIItgM-Jk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Global Partnership Leads the Way to Advance Digital Health

Thursday, January 14, 2021

<p>Across the globe, countries are making significant investments and advancements to promote the movement of electronic health information.  Global health information technology (health IT) leaders are working collaboratively to develop, implement, and share best practices with other nations about projects that advance key elements of digital health.  These efforts can yield better patient outcomes, reduce administrative burden on providers, and enable patients’ access to their health data. One of ONC’s primary global health IT engagements for this work is the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/global-digital-health-partnership">Global Digital Health Partnership</a> (GDHP).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/global-partnership-leads-the-way-to-advance-digital-health">Global Partnership Leads the Way to Advance Digital Health</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/ecZ8nuWj9zg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A Path Toward Further Clinical and Administrative Data Integration: Health IT Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to Reduce Burden and Improve Care

Monday, January 11, 2021

<p>The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) recently approved a report and set of recommendations developed by the Intersection of Clinical and Administrative Data (ICAD) Task Force.<br /> The ICAD Task Force was established to produce information and considerations related to the merging of clinical and administrative data. The Task Force included a range of stakeholders as well as members of the HITAC and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). To meet the HITAC’s charge,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/a-path-toward-further-clinical-and-administrative-data-integration-health-it-advisory-committee-makes-recommendations-to-reduce-burden-and-improve-care">A Path Toward Further Clinical and Administrative Data Integration: Health IT Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to Reduce Burden and Improve Care</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/EU9MFBk9-NE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results

Thursday, January 7, 2021

<p>The use of genetic testing is becoming increasingly routine in patient care. For example, tests are available to check newborns for genetic disorders, screen would-be parents for carrier status, inform cancer care, and evaluate potential pharmacogenetic associations. However, the laboratories that perform these tests face many challenges that keep them from being able to return clinical genomic results in a standardized way and fully leverage a patient’s electronic health record. This also affects healthcare professionals’ ability to deliver precision medicine and conduct precision medicine research.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/labs-on-fhir-sharing-genetic-test-results">Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results</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/q6TTtXSLoOo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule Requirements

Monday, January 4, 2021

<p>As the compliance dates for the <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/01/2020-07419/21st-century-cures-act-interoperability-information-blocking-and-the-onc-health-it-certification"><em>21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking, Interoperability, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program</em> Final Rule</a> (ONC Cures Act Final Rule) draw nearer, ONC has created additional resources to assist the health IT developer community. These resources include a consolidated view of key dates, a criterion-by-criterion resource for the 2015 Edition Cures Update, and a deep dive into forthcoming certified application programming interface (API) requirements.<br /> While these new resources focus on specific aspects of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule for health IT developers there is a growing library of educational materials and explanations about it that we encourage all health IT developers to consult:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/01/2020-07419/21st-century-cures-act-interoperability-information-blocking-and-the-onc-health-it-certification">ONC Cures Act Final Rule</a> preamble and regulatory text and the Cures Act Rule <a href="http://www.healthit.gov/curesrule">website</a>;</li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/new-resources-to-help-health-it-developers-understand-onc-cures-act-final-rule-requirements">New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule Requirements</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/WLC_whZsN6U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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