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Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030

Thursday, May 13, 2021

<p>One of the fun parts about working at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is that in addition to our impactful, near-term work, we also have the chance to point our eyes to the horizon and envision a better future. Throughout my tenure at ONC, different policy, technology, and legislative moments along with ample public feedback have shaped our actions. Yet, there always comes a time to ask, “what’s next? what are we driving toward?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/health-interoperability-outcomes-2030">Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030</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/nWkHNXgtNwc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Women’s Health and Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

<p>As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, we wanted to share some of the ways that ONC’s work directly impacts women of all ages, in every part of the country. ONC published a strategy in October 2020 that outlined federal health IT goals and objectives, with a focus on individuals’ access to their electronic health information. One step in achieving some of these goals is through the implementation of ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule, which advanced policies to improve the access,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/usability/womens-health-and-implementing-the-21st-century-cures-act">Women’s Health and Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act</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/yx4En3g1Xzg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Information Blocking Through the Eyes of Health Information Exchanges

Monday, May 10, 2021

<p>The information blocking regulations at 45 CFR Part 171 began to apply to health care providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, health information exchanges, and health information networks on April 5, 2021, per <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/11/04/2020-24376/information-blocking-and-the-onc-health-it-certification-program-extension-of-compliance-dates-and">ONC’s recent interim final rule</a>. That makes now a good time to consider stakeholders’ views about practices that may constitute <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/pssst-information-blocking-practices-your-days-are-numberedpass-it-on">information blocking, including the extent to which they exist</a>. Our recent <a href="https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa323">study</a> in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association reports on a survey of health information exchanges’ (HIEs) perceptions of other stakeholders’ practices related to information blocking.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/information-blocking/information-blocking-through-the-eyes-of-health-information-exchanges">Information Blocking Through the Eyes of Health Information Exchanges</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/icU1YHY1lSE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule Sets Path for New Healthcare Industry Standards

Thursday, May 6, 2021

<p>Time flies! It has been over a year since <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/">ONC&#8217;s Cures Act Final Rule</a> was first released and since then ONC has been busy advancing the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) and enabling the healthcare industry to voluntarily implement newer versions of adopted standards via the Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) for the purposes of the ONC Health IT Certification.</p> <h4>USCDI News, SVAP Reminders, and More</h4> <p>The release of the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa/sites/isa/files/2021-01/Draft-USCDI-Version-2-January-2021-Final.pdf">Draft USCDI version 2</a> in January 2021,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/oncs-cures-act-final-rule-sets-path-for-new-healthcare-industry-standards">ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule Sets Path for New Healthcare Industry Standards</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/~4/1aDdvpI7xjA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A Road Well Traveled – Sunsetting the Interoperability Roadmap

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

<p>Over six years ago, ONC embarked with all of you on an ambitious initiative to create a <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/interoperability/interoperability-roadmap">shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap</a> (the Roadmap). In typical fashion, we produced a draft, many of you shared your comments (about this time in 2015), and we released the final Roadmap in October, 2015.<br /> At a time when consistent direction was needed, the Roadmap sparked action and sharpened dialog across a number of technology and policy dimensions. Indeed,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/a-road-well-traveled-sunsetting-the-interoperability-roadmap">A Road Well Traveled – Sunsetting the Interoperability Roadmap</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/Y83H6I7-J5Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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ONC Annual Meeting 2021: Perspectives on the Impact of SDOH on Health Equity and Care

Friday, April 23, 2021

<p>Health equity and <a href="http://healthit.gov/sdoh">social determinants of health</a> (SDOH) data were a recurring theme at this year’s <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/top-takeaways-from-the-2021-onc-annual-meeting">ONC Annual Meeting</a>. Leveraging these important data, which reflect where people are born, live, learn, work and play can have a significant impact on patient care and public health. SDOH data provide opportunities for promoting health equity and improving patient outcomes if they are better integrated into the electronic health record (EHR).<br /> We had the opportunity to moderate a panel of health information exchange experts in several states at this year’s Annual Meeting.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/onc-annual-meeting-2021-perspectives-on-the-impact-of-sdoh-on-health-equity-and-care">ONC Annual Meeting 2021: Perspectives on the Impact of SDOH on Health Equity and 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/_XDZVrxexdU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Sync for Genes Phase 4 Demonstrations Selected

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

<p>Today, ONC is pleased to announce two demonstration sites selected for Sync for Genes Phase 4. Since its launch in 2017, the ONC <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/sync-genes">Sync for Genes</a> project has advanced the standardized sharing of genomic information between laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers. Sync for Genes uses the Health Level 7 (HL7®) International FHIR® standard to enable the electronic sharing of genomic data.  <br /> <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/page/2020-11/Sync%20for%20Genes%20Phase%204%20Demonstration%20Site%20Profile.pdf">Phase 4</a> centers on improving the electronic exchange of genomic data between organizations with at least one data receiver,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/sync-for-genes-phase-4-demonstrations-selected">Sync for Genes Phase 4 Demonstrations Selected</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/q50jIIoTnrU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Health IT Advances Precision Medicine

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

<p>Precision medicine creates treatment and prevention strategies that meet patient needs by considering individual variability in their genome, environment, and lifestyle. While precision medicine can revolutionize health care, it requires access to an unprecedented volume and variety of data, and an infrastructure that rapidly brings new discoveries to bear.  Recently, we published an article in the <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33749793/"><i>Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association</i></a><i> </i>that describes health IT’s vital role in precision medicine based on key insights from a series of <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/scientific-initiatives/precision-medicine">ONC projects</a> supporting the Precision Medicine Initiative. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/precision-medicine/health-it-advances-precision-medicine">Health IT Advances 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/~4/8wgTeyRX8WA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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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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