The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here is what they are doing and reporting. Follow them @ONC_HealthIT. Sign up for their email updates.
NEW: ONC Healthcare Directory Workshop
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will host a Healthcare Directory Workshop on June 13-14. This workshop is a follow-up to the previous workshop hosted by ONC and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in April 2016. The 2019 Workshop will assess advances in provider directory standards and focus on the implementation of a common directory standard.
Date & Time: June 13- 14, 2019 at 8:30 am – 3:00 pm ET
Location: 200 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20201 & Webinar
Register for the Workshop
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 24, 2019
TEFCA Comments and RCE Application Due Soon
Comments on the second draft of the TEFCA are due June 17, 2019 by 11:59pm ET. Review and Comment on the TEFCA. As part of the TEFCA, ONC made available a funding opportunity for a non-profit, industry-based organization to be a Recognized Coordinating Entity; applications are also due June 17, 2019 by 11:59pm ET. Learn about the funding opportunity.
Looking for the latest national-level data on health IT?
ONC has created close to 50 original data briefs that provide information about current topics in health IT. These reports summarize national-level data analyses providing readers with easy to understand graphics, key takeaways, and policy relevant discussions. Check out ONC’s Data Briefs.
LEAP in Health IT Funding Available
Earlier this month, ONC published a special emphasis notice (SEN) under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity to address standardization of patient information for seamless access, exchange, and use. For more information visit LEAP in Health IT.
Security Risk Assessment Tool Update
An updated version of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool is available that includes bug fixes, enhancements, and a security patch. We encourage those running the previous version to upgrade as soon as possible.
What is the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool? The SRA tool is designed to help healthcare providers conduct a #security risk assessment as required by the #HIPAA Security Rule and CMS EHR Incentive Program. Learn more at: https://t.co/yENV0G7nwq #HealthIT pic.twitter.com/MS421aypcR
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 23, 2019
New Health IT Advisory Committee Task Forces
The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) launched four task forces to review and provide recommendations on ONC’s proposed rule. The task forces include: Information Blocking, Conditions and Maintenance of Certification Requirements, Health IT for the Care Continuum and U.S. Core Data for Interoperability. The task forces are expected to conduct reviews and provide recommendations over the next two months. Follow the Task Forces
The #HealthIT Advisory Committee (#HITAC) has posted its first annual report describing its progress during FY18. Find out more: https://t.co/zkJ0O7zeBv #HITpol #FACA @Policy2Progress pic.twitter.com/FlGfF4hZnF
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 28, 2019
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Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force Meeting
The next Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
ONC Interoperability Forum – Registration Open!
Join ONC in Washington, DC, August 21-22, 2019 for the 3rd Interoperability Forum. This signature event brings together federal partners, the health care industry, and the technology sector to learn about efforts advancing interoperability and to identify concrete actions for the future. Registration is required and in-person seating is limited.
Date & Time: August 21-22, 2019 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington DC 20001
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ONC 2020 Annual Meeting – January 27-28, 2020
2018 ONC Annual Meeting Presentations are Online Now
Slide presentations from the breakout sessions at the 2018 ONC Annual Meeting are available online. To download the presentations, navigate to the session in the agenda and look for the “Download Slides” link. Additionally, you can view recordings of the mainstage sessions.
Spotlighting Interoperability Proving Ground Programs
Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight of the Week: The Da Vinci Data Exchange for Quality Measures Implementation Guide allows submitters to send #FHIR resources to support reporting of a quality measure for a specific patient. Learn more at: https://t.co/2y2QbnEmwJ pic.twitter.com/8TJuqtH8q4
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 28, 2019
Learn how your interoperability project can be featured as an IPG Spotlight by visiting the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG). Once a project is submitted or updated, projects will automatically be added to the feature queue to be randomly selected as a featured project.
ONC Interoperability Pledge
Companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide as well as the top five largest health care systems in the country have agreed to implement three core commitments: Consumer Access, No Blocking/Ensuring Transparency, and Standards. The ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) wants vendors to sign a pledge. Is your vendor pledging? Find out who is on the list.