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ONC announces funding for 6 health IT pilot projects

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently awarded six teams $50,000 each to fund pilot projects that partner innovative, early-stage health IT companies with healthcare organizations to test their technologies.

Precision Medicine Initiative will rely on EHRs, mobile health and health IT interoperability

Electronic health records, mobile health technologies and tools that analyze huge amounts of biomedical data are some of the building blocks of the White House's  Precision Medicine Initiative, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told a congressional committee last week.

USDA-enabled rural health IT financing totals $1 billion since 2012

The Agriculture Department dedicated about $1 billion to upgrade health IT in rural America between 2012 and 2014, the USDA and Health and Human Services Department say.

Health IT can be used to lower patients' BP, says ONC

Strategic use of electronic health records can help doctors meet key preventive goals such as getting blood pressure under control for 70 percent of their hypertensive patients, according to Health and Human Services Department officials.

$1M in ONC grants to promote community health information exchange

The federal government is ponying up $1 million in grant money for projects facilitating the exchange of health information among a comprehensive range of care and social services providers,...

ONC launches newest version of privacy and security guidance for the exchange of health information

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday rolled out guidance that is meant to explain how federal laws support the exchange of health information.

Data-sharing infrastructure needed to improve public health, report says

A new report by an independent advisory committee supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls for improving data infrastructure at the local and state levels as one of many steps to improve public health.

Consumers must take ownership of, responsibility for health data, says ONC privacy officer

The federal government "paid good money" for healthcare providers to adopt EHRs, and now it's time for patients to take advantage of their digitally-enabled health information, said Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

HHS IG flags slow progress on T-MSIS database and in combating EHR fraud in new report

Two health IT matters are among the top 25 major recommendations that still remain unresolved from prior audits and evaluations, according to a recent report from the Health and Human Services Department inspector general.

DeSalvo: ONC working on EHR certifications for nursing homes, mental-health facilities

Among the areas not eligible for health IT-related Medicare and Medicaid incentives are behavioral health, long-term post-acute care and dialysis, said Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health IT.