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ONC issues 5-year strategic plan

The Health and Human Services Department's information technology agency issued a five-year strategic plan on Sept. 21 that conveys broad goals that will influence more specific policies.

ONC committee moves closer to big data guidelines for health information

A committee within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology approved draft recommendations on big data and security earlier this month.

Experts cut EHRs some slack on information blocking

Barriers to health information interoperability are largely an unintentional side effect of the healthcare payment system and electronic health record companies are gradually improving information exchange, said several expert panelists during a July 23 Senate hearing.

Stakeholders see value in 'actionable' data provided by health information exchange, says report

Healthcare professionals say that the exchange of health information from sources across the care continuum can provide access to "actionable" data that improves care delivery and coordination, finds a report by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Industry calls for EHR interoperability, standardization and connectivity continue

Now that electronic health records are in place at most hospital systems and other healthcare providers, and health information exchanges are helping providers share those records more easily, health IT experts – and a congressional committee – are looking at ways the federal government can help iron out emerging kinks.

VA outlines data sharing capabilities, launch schedule for new health record tool

"We have shared data between DoD and VA for a long time. But what we have not always done – and we are creating now – is a system for providers at the point of care…that natively integrates all of the data from both sides," said David Waltman, senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Health, during a June 11 demonstration of EHMP at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

ONC seeks input on EHR, health IT certification

The Health and Human Services Department agency that certifies electronic health records and health information technology meets the standards and specifications required under "meaningful use" requirements wants feedback on its testing methodology.

ONC wants whistleblowers to sound the alert on deliberate blocking of health information exchange

The Department of Health and Human Services has set up an email account that providers can use to blow the whistle on companies whose technology and products block health information exchange.

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.