March 2016 Posts

NIH and ONC Launch the Sync for Science (S4S) Pilot: Enabling Individual Health Data Access and Donation

Jon White, M.D. Former Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for | March 21, 2016

S4S pilots are coming!
On February 25, 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for (ONC), announced the launch of , a pilot to allow individuals to access their health data and send it to researchers in support of the goals of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). Individual data donation will be a key component of the ,

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The ONC Tech Lab: Standards Coordination

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | March 16, 2016

Our previously published blog post about the ONC Tech Lab explained how it would guide our approach to standards and technology and help lay the operational groundwork within ONC necessary to implement the Interoperability Roadmap, our near-term health IT strategy, and the Federal Strategic Plan. We described that through the ONC Tech Lab we would address four focus areas: 1) standards coordination; 2) testing and utilities; 3) pilots; and 4) innovation.

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Million Hearts® EHR Optimization Guides: Support for Health Care Professionals

Thomas A. Mason, M.D. | March 8, 2016

As we work to improve the health of millions of Americans, ONC is excited to announce the release of the Million Hearts® EHR Optimization Guides. These guides will help healthcare professionals use their electronic health record (EHR) systems to identify at-risk patients and protect them from heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.

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Bridging the Healthcare Digital Divide: Improving Connectivity Among Medicaid Providers

Andy Slavitt | March 2, 2016

The great promise of technology is to bring information to our fingertips, connect us to one another, improve our productivity, and create a platform for the next generation of innovations.. Technology, when widely distributed and available, enables providers to improve patient care by distributing information and best practices and leading to better experiences of care for individuals in the health care system. And technology can make a significant difference in the rapidly modernizing Medicaid program.

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Investing in the Future: New Market-Ready, User-Friendly Health Technology App and Infrastructure Support

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo | March 1, 2016

As a health care consumer, imagine if you were able to choose a software application (app) to create a secure snapshot of your health information, like pictures that extend over the course of your lifetime. Similarly, imagine as a health care provider if you could find apps uniquely tailored to your specialty or role on the care team and that provide the health information you need in a way that is safe, secure, intuitive, and actionable.

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