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February 24, 2016  12:17 PM

ONC on the interoperability march again

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIE, HIMSS, Interoperability, ONC

With HIMSS 2016 looming next week, ONC has rolled out yet another project in the federal health IT agency's campaign to promote what has probably been up to now

February 9, 2016  4:23 PM

ONC says HIPAA doesn’t impede health IT interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, Interoperability, OCR, ONC, PHI

Officials at ONC are determined to smother the notion that HIPAA and its PHI regulations interfere with providers' capacity to exchange patients' health information. At least that's the implication behind a collection of educational resources being published and promoted by ONC. In response to...


January 5, 2016  3:16 PM

Massachusetts behavioral health facilities incentivized to use health IT

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
behavioral health, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, ONC

Nearly 180 behavioral health facilities in Massachusetts are sharing more than $1 million in grant funds to support them in their use of health IT, such as implementing EHRs and health information...

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October 27, 2015  12:01 PM

Providers doubt other providers’ willingness to share clinical information

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
athenahealth, Cerner, Epic, health information exchange, HIE, Interoperability, KLAS, ONC

As the healthcare industry labors to achieve better interoperability, some providers are pointing fingers at their peers. Nearly every healthcare provider says it's willing to share clinical information with other providers, but noticeably fewer providers believe the reverse holds true. Nearly...


October 23, 2015  3:27 PM

Health data startup gets unusual attention

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
consumer health IT, ONC, patient data privacy

It seems like health IT is in a perpetual, super-charged cycle of announcements, unveilings and acquisitions ranging from the recent Salesforce foray into healthcare, for example,...


October 20, 2015  1:21 PM

Group’s letter challenges ONC’s timeline for nationwide interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AAFP, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo, Meaningful use, ONC

Healthcare professionals and groups noticed the signs that the the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is shifting its focus from the meaningful use program to health data interoperability. Now, many of those groups are questioning why ONC designated 2024 as the year by which...


October 12, 2015  2:54 PM

ONC chief speaks, may depart soon

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo, ONC

When Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT, elaborated last week about the


October 6, 2015  12:40 PM

Senate Health Committee chairman directs ONC to halt stage 3 of meaningful use program

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
gao, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo, Lamar Alexander, meaningful use stage 3, ONC, Senate Health Committee

Stage 2 of the meaningful use program is too complicated. Because of its sophistication, most physicians and hospitals haven't successfully attested to stage 2 and ONC shouldn't rush into stage 3 of meaningful use, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asserted at a U.S. Senate Committee on Health,...


September 15, 2015  1:42 PM

Providers can pass problems with health IT products, information blocking to ONC

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR usability, health IT usability, HIE, information blocking, ONC, ONC-ACTB

If customer satisfaction and retention weren't reasons enough, health IT vendors now have more motivation to quickly and thoroughly respond to complaints about their health IT products. Healthcare providers can appeal to ONC if they feel vendors don't acknowledge and assist them with system...


September 11, 2015  11:23 AM

HIMSS asks Congress to push HIE standards, cybersecurity and telemedicine

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
health IT standards, HIE, HIE implementation, HIMSS, Interoperability, ONC, Telemedicine, telemedicine reimbursement

Count the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) among the groups that say federal healthcare agencies can do more to promote the use of health IT. Specifically, HIMSS is asking...

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