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

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Direct Protocol May Favor Large Providers And Vendors

Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | December 10, 2013

A medical group's call for allowing licensed physicians, without vendor interference, to designate any recipients or senders of messages using the Direct protocol puts a spotlight on nagging EHR interoperability issues. Read More »

Direct Secure Messaging Makes Big Impact In Chicago Behavioral Health Community

Erica Galvez | Health IT Buzz | September 5, 2012

Individuals with serious mental illnesses are 2.6 times more likely than the general public to develop cancer and nearly twice as likely to end up in an emergency or inpatient department with a serious injury, according to recent studies conducted at Johns Hopkins. Read More »

Do Gaps in Health IT Security Laws Stunt Technology Innovation?

Sara Heath | EHR Intelligence | August 10, 2016

A new ONC report details the implications of health IT security laws on health IT innovation and development. Gaps in privacy and security law may be hindering the development and expansion of health IT and EHR use across the industry, a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology suggests...

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Doctors Say Data Fees Are Blocking Health Reform

Arthur Allen | Politico | February 23, 2015

As they move to exchange patient information with hospitals and other health care partners, doctors are suffering sticker shock: The vendors of the health care software want thousands of dollars to unlock the data so they can be shared. It may take an act of Congress to provide relief...The exorbitant prices to transmit and receive data, providers and IT specialists say, can amount to billions a year. And the electronic health record industry is increasingly reliant on this revenue...

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E-Prescribing Continues Rapid Growth

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | December 3, 2012

While there are at least two sides to every story, one of the more one-sided stories in health IT is the degree to which e-prescribing has taken hold across the healthcare sector. Read More »

Ebola And EHRs: An Unfortunate And Critical Reminder

Lara Cartwright-Smith, Jane Hyatt Thorpe, and Sara Rosenbaum | Health Affairs Blog | October 28, 2014

The Dallas hospital communication lapse that led to the discharge of a Liberian man with Ebola symptoms is an example of the failure of the American health care system to effectively share health information, even within single institutions. It is not possible to know whether a faster response would have saved Thomas Eric Duncan’s life or reduced risk to the community and health workers...

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Editor's Letter: 10 Years And 6 Czars Into HIT, Where Are We Now?

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | December 23, 2013

It has been almost a decade since President George W. Bush launched the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and since that time hordes of pilots, projects, grants, initiatives, federal advisory committees and regulations have been launched or established. Read More »

EHR Adoption Rate Slows, With Physicians Facing Big Hurdles For Meeting Stage 2, Survey Finds

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 20, 2014

The pace of adoption of electronic health-record systems has begun to slow, and the physicians who have adopted systems have a long way to go to meet the government's Stage 2 criteria for meaningful use of the technology, according to an authoritative survey of practices by the National Center for Health Statistics at HHS. Read More »

EHR Certification: An Ongoing Process For ONC’s Office Of Certification

Carol Bean and Asara Clark | Health IT Buzz | April 25, 2013

Providers should be confident that when they buy and use a certified EHR, their product satisfies our requirements. That’s why we review any complaints we receive about these products and make sure they are addressed, even to the point of revoking certification when necessary. In fact, we recently revoked the certification of two such products. Read More »

EHR Contract Guide Will Help Docs Keep Data After Replacement

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | August 1, 2013

A new EHR contract negotiation guide will help providers avoid some of the lesser known pitfalls of EHR implementation, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) says.  With more and more providers replacing their EHRs [...] the guide is a timely reminder that meaningful use has created intense competition among developers, not just improved patient care. Read More »

EHR Incentive Payments Climb Toward $24 Billion

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 10, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have paid out $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentives under the meaningful use program through last month — up from $22.9 billion in April, according to Elisabeth Myers, policy and outreach lead at the CMS Office of eHealth Standards and Services at the June 10 monthly Health IT Policy committee meeting...

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EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars In 2012

Sheri Porter | American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) | July 3, 2013

As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. [...] Read More »

EHR Payouts Climb Near $25 Billion

Tom Sullivan, | Healthcare IT News | July 11, 2014

Electronic health records incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers have continued their upward trend, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paying out a whopping $24.4 billion to date...

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EHR Vendors Focusing On Usability

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | February 12, 2013

Electronic health records (EHRs) have to be usable and useful by physicians and integrate with hospitals’ or practices’ other systems to benefit providers or else the money spent on them is just wasted. Read More »

EHRs For Behavioral Health Tough Task

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | March 11, 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.”

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