May 2016 Posts

From Haiti to My Journey to ONC

Dr. Vindell Washington | May 26, 2016

I found my passion for health information technology (health IT) in the unlikeliest of places: a combat support hospital in Haiti. During my time as a Captain in the U.S. Army, I was assigned to support the 18th Airborne Corps. While deployed in Port-au-Prince, a superbly fit 20-something fellow soldier presented to my colleagues and me with confusing signs and symptoms. He came to our field hospital emergency department appearing generally ill with a rash, and we knew neither his diagnosis and appropriate treatment nor his prognosis.

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Upgrading the Certified Product List: Understanding Corrective Action Information

Karson Mahler, J.D. | May 24, 2016

Earlier this year, we completed an extensive upgrade to the to support 2015 Edition certification as well as several other ongoing initiatives. Now, CHPL visitors can see surveillance results for health IT products and developers that have been found at any time not to comply with any requirements of the ONC Certification Program. This additional transparency—which is required for 2014 Edition and 2015 Edition products—will help potential health IT purchasers assess how products perform in real-world settings and will alert existing customers and users to potential issues,

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Spotlighting Our Legislative Proposals to Better Foster the Flow of Health Information

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo | May 16, 2016

We have witnessed dramatic changes in the adoption and use of health information technology (health IT) over the past decade. The nation has transformed from paper-based record keeping into an environment where nearly all of the nation’s hospitals and three-quarters of the nation’s eligible providers are using certified health IT. And from accessible electronic health records to wearable fitness devices and health trackers on smart phones, health IT gives each individual the tools to actively manage their health like never before

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How Nurses and “Non-IT” Factors Can Improve the Experience

Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP | May 10, 2016

Happy National Nurses Week!
As ONC’s Chief Nursing Officer, I spend a lot of time talking about the functionality and usability of electronic health records (EHRs) with the incredible nurses across the healthcare system. Many of us have had bad experiences using information technology (IT), and gotten frustrated with the system itself. But one thing I’ve learned in my conversations with nurses from all over is that there are many, many issues that aren’t technology or system issues at all,

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Making an Impact on Interoperability through Implementation Experience

Tracy Okubo, PMP | May 9, 2016

As many Buzz Blog readers know, we have made significant progress in the flow of health information, but we still have work to do to ensure different systems speak the same language and data flows seamlessly and securely. To that end, today we announced two new funding opportunities at the 2016 Health Datapalooza, totaling $1.5 million, to advance common standards: the High Impact Pilots (HIP) and Standards Exploration Awards (SEA). These two cooperative agreement programs are part of the broader path we have laid out in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and our new ONC Tech Lab approach for standards and technology,

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