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Marching Forward: The Path to Operationalize TEFCA

Monday, May 16, 2022

<p>On January 18, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), The Sequoia Project, <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/321tefca-is-go-for-launch">released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA</a>). The next key step for TEFCA is the release of resources to advance its operationalization, such as standard operating procedures (SOPs). These SOPs will include specific policies and procedures to further guide QHINs and will identify, where applicable, necessary technical implementation requirements.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/marching-forward-the-path-to-operationalize-tefca">Marching Forward: The Path to Operationalize TEFCA</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Introducing Leidos as a new ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL)

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

<p>The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pleased to announce that <a href="https://www.leidos.com/capabilities/cyber/accredited-testing-evaluation/hit-program">Leidos, Inc.</a> (Leidos) has been granted status as an ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Program). Leidos now becomes one of four organizations to hold current ONC-ATL status alongside <a href="https://www.drummondgroup.com/">Drummond Group</a>,<a href="https://www.icsalabs.com/"> ICSA Labs</a>, and <a href="http://www.slicompliance.com/">SLI Compliance</a>.<br /> ONC, in collaboration with the <a href="https://www.nist.gov/nvlap">National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)</a> developed and maintains the <a href="https://www.nist.gov/nvlap/healthcare-information-technology-lap">Healthcare Information Technology Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program</a> administered by NVLAP. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/introducing-leidos-as-a-new-onc-authorized-testing-laboratory-onc-atl">Introducing Leidos as a new ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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The STAR HIE Program Shines

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

<p>The Strengthening the Technical Advancement &#38; Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange Program (The STAR HIE Program) has made great strides in supporting public health agencies’ ability to exchange health information during times of emergency.<br /> Funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in 2020, the initial STAR HIE Program was expanded in 2021 to further support efforts to increase vaccination data sharing between jurisdictional Immunization Information Systems (IIS) and HIEs.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-information-exchange-2/the-star-hie-program-shines">The STAR HIE Program Shines</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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ONC Turns 18

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

<p>On April 27, 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order (EO) 13335 and created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Like tapping that first domino, this single action is a key moment in United States health IT history. Nearly two decades later, US policy and technology leadership in health IT is world-renowned.<br /> Throughout this time, ONC has remained true to the four original duties cast by EO 13335 (paraphrased):</p> <ol> <li>serve as the Secretary’s principal advisor on the development,</li> </ol> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/onc-turns-18">ONC Turns 18</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Real World Testing Update: 100% of Developers Submit Plans to ONC

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

<p>One of the most important functions that the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) performs is administering the ONC Health IT Certification Program (the Program). A critical aspect of the Program is to ensure that certified health IT meets established requirements in order to give confidence to users that the health IT performs in conformance with those requirements. Testing in controlled test environments has been a cornerstone of the Program’s processes, however, it is also important to gauge the performance of systems in the field,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/real-world-testing-update-100-of-developers-submit-plans-to-onc">Real World Testing Update: 100% of Developers Submit Plans to ONC</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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San Diego Health Connect Takes a Big LEAP Over the Barrier of Consent Management

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

<p><em>Editor’s Note: On April 14, 2022 at the </em><a href="https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/2022-onc-virtual-annual-meeting"><em>ONC Annual Meeting</em></a><em>, San Diego Health Connect will be demo-ing their project in the exhibit hall.</em><br /> How can we improve the ability of patient to convey their preferences regarding access to and use of their electronic medical record information? San Diego Health Connect – a recipient of an ONC <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/leading-edge-acceleration-projects-leap-health-information-technology-health-it">Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health IT (LEAP)</a> program award – developed a scalable consent framework for electronic health records to help answer this question.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/san-diego-health-connect-takes-a-big-leap-over-the-barrier-of-consent-management">San Diego Health Connect Takes a Big LEAP Over the Barrier of Consent Management</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Improving Person-Centered Care in Home and Community-Based Services with FHIR

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

<p><em>Editor’s Note: On April 14, 2022 at the </em><a href="https://www.healthit.gov/news/events/2022-onc-virtual-annual-meeting"><em>ONC Annual Meeting</em></a><em> the </em><a href="https://dmh.mo.gov/dev-disabilities/leap-grant"><em>Missouri DMH LEAP</em></a><em> team will share insight into their pilot demonstration and progress to go live with integrating health care and HCBS data.</em><br /> Integrating data from health care and home and community-based services (HCBS) to improve health outcomes is of growing importance, especially as the U.S. population ages and the demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS) grows.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/improving-person-centered-care-in-home-and-community-based-services-with-fhir">Improving Person-Centered Care in Home and Community-Based Services with FHIR</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – An Opportunity for Improved Care Coordination

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

<p>March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, <a href="https://acl.gov/news-and-events/events-and-observances/DDAM2022">a time to raise awareness</a> about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometime face in connecting to the communities in which they live.  ONC works to ensure that health IT improves the health and health care of <em>all</em> Americans, including vulnerable populations such as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-information-exchange-2/intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-an-opportunity-for-improved-care-coordination">Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – An Opportunity for Improved Care Coordination</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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HHS’ Strategy Aims to Enable Individuals to Access and Interact with their Health Data

Monday, March 28, 2022

<h4>The 2022-2026 HHS Strategic Plan is Live!</h4> <p>Today, the U.S. Department of Health &#38; Human Services (HHS) released the <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/about/strategic-plan/2022-2026/index.html"><em>HHS Strategic Plan</em></a> (Plan) for fiscal years 2022-2026, which addresses the complex, multifaceted, and evolving health and human services matters facing our nation. We look forward to advancing the Plan, including the strategies to improve the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information for patients, providers, payers, and other health and health care stakeholders.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-information-exchange-2/hhs-strategy-aims-to-enable-individuals-to-access-and-interact-with-their-health-data">HHS’ Strategy Aims to Enable Individuals to Access and Interact with their Health Data</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee: A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

<p>The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) plays an important role in ONC activities and objectives. Required by the 21st Century Cures Act, the HITAC has been operational since 2018 and represents a wide range of health IT stakeholders who inform ONC’s policies and programs.</p> <p>The HITAC recommends policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria to the national coordinator across four target areas: interoperability, privacy and security, patient access to information, and use of technologies that support public health.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/oncs-health-information-technology-advisory-committee-a-year-in-review-and-a-look-ahead">ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee: A Year in Review and a Look Ahead</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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