Health IT Buzz

Information Sharing After the 21st Century Cures Act

By Steven Posnack – When President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act into law in 2016, it marked a significant shift in health policy and health law. Not since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 has there been a more noteworthy change in how electronic health information is approached under United States federal law.

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Harnessing Electronic Health Data in the Palm of Your Hand

By Christian Johnson & Vaishali Patel – More and more individuals are using digital data to make informed decisions about their health. Whether it be health information collected by wearable devices or lab test results in a patient portal, individuals can now access, share, and use electronic health data to manage their health needs.

What We Heard: Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030

By Steven Posnack – What should 2030 look like because of interoperability? That’s what we asked our stakeholders back in May 2021. And boy, did you all deliver! We received an overwhelming number of submissions, north of 700 one-liners, from Twitter and We even got video submissions from leaders in the field – thank you again!

Enhancing Person-Centered Care Through Inclusive Standards Development

By Steven Posnack – In a field like health care where precision can mean saving a life, one irony I often reflect on is how unclear we’ve been about “sex” and “gender.” Among many anecdotes, this includes at times putting the prefix “administrative” in front of each to inexplicably constrain the meaning in ways that are rarely universally understood.

Thinking Outside the Box: The USCDI+ Initiative

By Ryan Argentieri, Elisabeth Myers, Steven Posnack & Micky Tripathi – Astute readers of the Health IT Buzz Blog (are there any other kind?) and those familiar with ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule will recall that we’ve talked a lot about the United States Core Data for Interoperability.

Take the PULSE of Your Community

By Rachel Abbey – Seven years ago the ONC began work on the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies. PULSE is an effort to create national resilience by improving first responder access to patient electronic health information they need to provide services and ensure public health during disasters.

Research Results Published: More Apps are Integrating with EHRs

By Wes Barker & Christian Johnson – New ONC research shows a more than 20% rise in the number of apps that integrate with certified EHRs. A manuscript highlighting the findings of this research was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: “The Ecosystem of Apps and Software integrated with Certified Health Information Technology”.

The Marriage of Technology and Policy

By Yuriy Pylypchuk & Carmen Smiley – When a family member, friend, or loved one develops an opioid addiction, few people know how to respond. Similarly, it is often difficult for healthcare providers to know how to best prevent, detect, and treat opioid use disorder, and almost every provider in the country has had encounters with patients experiencing addiction.