From the ONC Desk
Below find the latest policy and event announcements on Americaâ€™s transition to electronic health records from the Department of Health and Human Serviceâ€™s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
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As organizations are sharing more and more health information electronically, the need for improved patient identification and matching across organizations has become clear. In September, we announced a dedicated initiative to assess what’s working well and where there are gaps, and to explore possible ways patient matching could be improved. Those initial findings from our current efforts will be discussed at a meeting here in Washington, D.C. on December 16, 2013.
The National Library of Medicine launched the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Authoring Tool on October 31, 2013. People can now apply for authoring and stewardship credentials and use new features that improve search, perform code validation, and provide added guidance for authors as part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality and utility of value sets and data elements.
Why create a new location for value set authoring?
In the past, value set authors created value sets by hand, using proprietary tools, or in the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT). There was no centralized source for curation and maintenance of value sets across programs and terminologies and no way to easily visualize all available content.
Today, we released a report describing the progress made on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.