of Meaningful Use
Learn about the final rules for Stage 2 of meaningful use.
Win Cash Prizes for
Innovations in Health IT
Health IT developer contests are designed to improve the health care of all Americans through prizes and challenges that celebrate innovation.
Connecting America's Communities:
The Power of Health Information Exchange
Health information exchange is connecting patients and doctors to a healthier future.
Health IT Landscape
Learn about the two Federal advisory committees created to provide input on the policies and technologies needed to improve health and care.
Based on existing research, expert opinion, stakeholder engagement, and field work, the SAFER Guides are a set of evidence-based guides and self-assessment tools designed to help health care organizations assess and optimize health IT safety in critical areas.
Catalyst for Interoperability and Exchange
This brief examines the relationship between Beacon Communities and EHR vendors. As Beacon Communities work on patient information exchange, it has been found that EHR vendors are an important partner in achieving exchange of data.
Health IT Certification Bodies and Test Labs Accredited
Health IT Certification Bodies and Test Labs accredited for participation in the ONC Permanent Certification Program. Certification Bodies must be authorized by ONC.
ONC to Release CHPL Version 2.1
Early Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) releases Version 2.1 of the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL). This CHPL “dot release” introduces new and improved features. The most notable enhancement is new functionality supporting “Hybrid” Certification.
Individuals' Access to Their Own Health Information
This brief reviews how legislative milestones and federal and private industry efforts have been major driving forces to realizing the goal of individuals having access to electronic copies of their health information.
Federal Advisory Committees (FACAs)
ONC provides support to two Federal advisory committees. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act created the committees to provide input on the policies and technologies needed to improve health and care. They provide a direct means for private and public sector health IT leaders as well as the public to provide input to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Behavioral Health Technical Expert Panel
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are jointly sponsoring a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) whose goal is to identify and make recommendations related to the development of potential Behavioral Health Clinical Quality Measures. Convening the TEP is one important step in advocating for patients with behavioral health needs and supporting a measure development process that ensures transparency and allows an opportunity to obtain balanced, multi-stakeholders input.
Health IT Initiatives
Global Evaluation Quarterly Report Q1 2012
This summary supports the global assessment by synthesizing in one place selected statistics and activity reports relating to implementation of HITECH. It is developed quarterly and reflects information made available between January 2, 2012 and March 30, 2012. The list is not meant to be exhaustive but to reflect a subset of reports and activities on the ONC or CMS web site, in selected documents that are referenced in the reports ONC receives daily as part of its communications monitoring, and selected other activities of which we are aware.
The Evolution of the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program: State Plans to Enable Robust Health Information Exchange
This issue brief documents the historical context for the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program and assesses the status of the program one year after its initiation. In preparing this document, the team used information gathered from existing literature, program documentation, and conversations with key program stakeholders to trace the history of federal initiatives to promote HIE in the United States. The team ultimately focused on the evolution of the State HIE Program since it became part of federal law, and offered insight on the potential of the program to influence the HIE landscape.
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