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ONC Views APIs as Key to Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

June 21, 2018 - Application programming interfaces (APIs), or standardized “hooks” that allow disparate applications to connect with one another, will continue to be an important tool for increasing health data exchange, preventing information blocking, and fostering industry-wide interoperability, says National Coordinator Dr. Don Rucker. In light of the 21st Century Cures Act, which requires...

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ONC: APIs Can Boost Interoperability, Healthcare Data Access

by Jessica Kent

ONC is working with innovators to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) that will create a robust health application ecosystem, improve interoperability, and increase healthcare data access, according to a recent HealthITBuzz blog...

Groups Urge ONC, AHRQ to Support Health IT Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

ECRI Institute, the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS), the Bipartisan Quality Center (BPC), and The Pew Charitable Trusts have established a shared vision for a nationwide health IT patient safety collaborative and are...

ONC: Artificial Intelligence Has Potential to Reshape Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare analytics and will continue to dramatically influence the development of clinical decision support and business intelligence, says a new report by JASON, commissioned...

ONC Focuses on Data Governance with Patient Matching Framework

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator, in conjunction with CMMI institute, has released a new patient identification and patient matching framework to help ensure accurate care across an increasingly interoperable healthcare continuum. The Patient...

ONC, NIH Pilot Adds Genomic Data Specifications to HL7 FHIR

by Jennifer Bresnick

HL7 FHIR is getting a precision medicine upgrade thanks to a partnership between the ONC and National Institutes of Health.  The Sync for Genes pilot program plans to support the integration of genomics into big data analytics and patient...

Patient Matching, Health IT Standards Critical for Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trustworthy interoperability of accurate, meaningful, and timely health data must be predicated upon reliable patient matching techniques and widely shared health IT standard, states the Pew Charitable Trusts in a letter addressed to National...

ONC Releases C-CDA “Checkup” Tool for Healthcare Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Organizations that aren’t sure if their Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) formatting and presentation are up to snuff can now get a simple numerical quality score from a new online ONC tool.  The One Click Scorecard...

Nurses Play Collaborative Role in Care Coordination, Planning

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nurses must be intimately involved in the collaborative task of planning and executing care coordination strategies for patients receiving services from multiple providers – especially when value-based reimbursements are at stake, says...

Are Health Data Interoperability Standards the Same in Theory as Practice?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The idea of developing and implementing shared health data interoperability standards has finally started to catch on the EHR vendor community, which has suffered a number of crushing blows from unhappy consumers and Congressmen concerned about...

ONC Offers $75K for Better EHR Patient Matching Algorithms

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator is intensifying its focus on patient identification and patient matching by offering up to $75,000 in prize money for the best new tool to ensure that EHR data is appropriately linked to the right individuals....

AHIMA: ONC Funding Key for Interoperability, Precision Medicine

by Jennifer Bresnick

As Congress continues the contentious debate over the federal budget for fiscal year 2018, AHIMA is urging lawmakers not to hamstring the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) by cutting interoperability and data standards development funding...

ONC Updates EHR Usability, Health IT Patient Safety Guides

by Jennifer Bresnick

As teased earlier this year at HIMSS17, the ONC has announced the availability of a revamped version of its SAFER Guides, which address EHR usability best practices and patient safety issues related to health IT.  The guides, first released...

ONC Updates Providers on Interoperability, EHR Usability Projects

by Jennifer Bresnick

ORLANDO –  The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has a strong presence at the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition this year, engaging in a variety of educational sessions and informational presentations designed to reassure...

Changing Leadership at CMS, ONC as New Administration Moves In

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big changes may be in store for healthcare under a new and unpredictable Presidential administration, but some familiar and experienced faces will be steering the ship at CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while the White House...

Precision Medicine, Data Exchange, CDS on New ONC Leader’s Agenda

by Jennifer Bresnick

Late last week, Dr. Vindell Washington stepped into the top spot of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) after Karen DeSalvo announced that she would be relinquishing the position to focus on other duties at HHS.  Washington, an...

ONC Details Plan to Improve Data Standards, Big Data Analytics

by Sara Heath

ONC has proposed several pieces of legislation promoting better and more effective data standards for health information exchange, which would help to support the use of healthcare big data analytics to improve patient care. According to a recent...


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