Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

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AMA Board Chair: HHS Should Address EHR Usability Issues Immediately

Staff Writer | American Medical Association | May 15, 2013

The government needs to act quickly to remedy the impaired usability of electronic health records (EHR) if the technology's touted benefits are to be realized, AMA Board of Trustees Chair Steven J. Stack, MD (left), told officials during a federal hearing last week. Read More »

AMA Says EHRs Create 'Appalling Catch-22' For Docs

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | May 3, 2013

As the healthcare industry moves to EHRs, the medical record has essentially been reduced to a tool for billing, compliance, and litigation that also has a sustained negative impact on doctors' productivity, according to Steven J. Stack, MD, chair of the American Medical Association’s board of trustees. Read More »

AMA-led Group Asks Feds to Redo EHR Testing Program

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 23, 2015

The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations. Read More »

American Medical Association’s Problem with the Lack of EHR Usability

Earlier this week Joe Conn, reporter for Modern Healthcare, broke the story that the American Medical Association (AMA) and 34 other medical specialty societies and organizations had sent a 9-page scathing letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) demanding a major overhaul of the government’s electronic health record (EHR) policies. According to Conn...

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AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

Jacqueline Belliveau | EHR Intelligence | June 2, 2016

AMIA has urged the federal government to repeal a regulation on unstructured EHR data that could help patients access their health information. At the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has asked the federal government to repeal the prohibition on the use of unstructured data in order to help patients access all of their health information...

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Apps for Health: New “Leading Health Indicators App Challenge” Aims to Make it Easier for Americans to Get Healthier

Wil Yu | HealthIT.gov | January 24, 2012

We’re very excited to have launched a new Investing in Innovation challenge partnering with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in support of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, which establishes benchmarks for healthy living and provides 10-year goals for improving the health of all Americans.

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As EHR User Fee Idea Dies, Certification Questions Linger

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | August 8, 2013

The health information technology user fee proposed in the Department of Health and Human Service’s 2014 budget request is incredibly unlikely to pass Congress — so unlikely it’s a little odd Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator for health IT, defended it. Read More »

Associations Call On ONC To Include Patient-Generated Data In Stage 3

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | December 5, 2013

As policymakers start designing the third phase of Meaningful Use, eight healthcare and IT groups are asking the ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee to commit to including patient-generated health data in the requirements. Read More »

Behavioral Health's EHR Conundrum

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014-Behavioral health and long-term post-acute care are perhaps the two most significant areas left out of the meaningful use program. “When we look at the big circle of care, there’s a huge hole -- behavioral health,” said Mark Caron, CIO of Capital Blue. “Behavioral health is a mess.” And at least similar words could be used to describe the status of EHR implementation in many long-term and post-acute care settings.

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Blue Button Challenge Winners Offer Some Clues To Future Of Personal Health Record Access

Stephanie Baum | MedCity News | September 17, 2013

Combining patient data from multiple providers and personal records that can be accessed by emergency staff when users are unconscious were among the winners of the Blue Button Plus challenge. The innovation competition held by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT is part of a drive to help consumers gain online access to their health records. Read More »

Blue Button Codeathon: Unlocking Data And Empowering Patients

Maya Uppaluru | Health IT Buzz | November 8, 2013

Anyone who has struggled to remember the name of their medication or the date of their child’s vaccination, while juggling multiple doctor appointments for family members, knows firsthand how important it is that patients have access to their health information. We think our Blue Button initiative can help. Read More »

Blue Button Plus may make its way into MU Stage 3

Jonah Comstock | mobihealthnews | January 17, 2013

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records...working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development of a patient health data ecosystem through an update and an expansion of the Blue Button program that’s being called Blue Button Plus, the ONC announced in a recent webinar, hosted by the National eHealth Collaborative.

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Blue Button Technology Highlighted At Consumer Health IT Summit

Staff Writer | iHealthBeat | September 17, 2013

The Blue Button program for sharing patient data was a major focus of the Consumer Health IT Summit on Monday, Modern Healthcare reports Read More »

Bryan Sivak: Chief Disrupter At HHS

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | July 30, 2013

The term disruption is perhaps a bit overused in the technology and healthcare sectors these days, but if there is one place where it’s needed most, that just might be the federal government. Read More »

Building the Health Information Infrastructure for the Modern ePatient

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | February 21, 2012

To learn more about what levers the government is pulling to catalyze innovation in the healthcare system, I turned to Dr. Farzad Mostashari (@Farzad_ONC). As the National Coordinator for Health IT, Mostashari is one of the most important public officials entrusted with improving the nation's healthcare system through smarter use of technology.

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