The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the National Cancer Institute have launched a contest to encourage the development of information management tools that help improve care transitions for cancer survivors. Healthcare IT News, MedCity News.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently released guidance detailing how health IT service providers can help clinicians meet transition of care measures under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Health Data Management.
During a "listening session" sponsored by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, officials from the American Medical Association and other groups offered input on using electronic health record systems for billing and coding. Modern Healthcare et al.
The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Family Physicians have responded to a request for information about how the federal government could promote health data exchange. American Medical News.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released guidelines to help health information exchanges and other health care organizations align data exchange practices with national priorities. The framework can be updated as needed, ONC said. EHR Intelligence et al.
In a joint letter, the Campaign for Better Care and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth urged federal officials to advance health data exchange through greater use of the Direct Project. Health Data Management, Campaign for Better Care/Consumer Partnership for eHealth letter.
The CommonWell Health Alliance, the eHealth Initiative and the Health IT Now coalition recently sent letters to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT describing how the federal government could advance health information exchange. Health Data Management et al.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has revoked certifications for two EHRMagic electronic health record systems under the meaningful use program. An ONC official said no health care providers had attested to meaningful use using the EHRMagic products but declined to say what providers should do if their EHR systems are retroactively decertified. Modern Healthcare et al.
Responding to a request for information, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives said that HHS should model its health information exchange initiatives on existing federal efforts, such as the electronic health record certification program. Health Data Management, FierceHealthIT.
A work group convened by HHS and the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to hold its first meeting April 29. The group is charged with identifying strategies to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health IT. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.
Yesterday, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari offered more details on his office's plan to impose certification fees on electronic health record vendors. Mostashari said the fee would ensure stable funding for EHR certification efforts. Government Health IT.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's portion of President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget plan seeks to levy a total of $1 million in certification fees on electronic health record vendors. ONC says the fees would help offset the costs of its certification and standards activities. Industry stakeholders are voicing concern about the proposal. Modern Healthcare et al.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has awarded grants totaling $480,000 to DirectTrust and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup to work with the government on developing governance standards for health data exchange activities. Modern Healthcare et al.
As it prepares to update its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a website to host public comments on various topics related to consumer engagement. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Health Data Management.
This week, the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup met for the first time. The work group discussed its goals and identified patient-provider data-sharing scenarios that might arise under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Government Health IT.