Portrait of Don Rucker M.D.

Achieving the Interoperability Promise of 21st Century Cures

Don Rucker M.D. | June 19, 2018

Over the past decade, hospitals and physician offices have made tremendous gains in shifting their record-keeping from paper to computerized systems. This transition to electronic health records (EHRs) has engendered frustration among clinicians who expected computers to make their care more efficient, and among their patients who expected timely access to their information and seamlessly coordinated care.
To address these challenges, a bipartisan majority of Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (Cures Act).

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A New Challenge Competition – Can you Help Make EHR Safety Reporting Easy

Andrew Gettinger, M.D. | May 22, 2018

Reporting on the safe use of health information technology (health IT) – especially the use of electronic health records (EHRs) – continues to be a challenge to many healthcare providers. While health IT adoption has increased significantly (as of 2015, 96 percent of hospitals and 78 percent of office-based physicians had certified EHRs), usability and the ease-of-reporting concerns remain.

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Portrait of Don Rucker M.D.

APIs: A Path to Putting Patients at the Center

Don Rucker M.D. | April 24, 2018

I remember when visiting a city required paper maps and often actual guidebooks. Today, I tap on a map app on my phone, enter my destination, and review options for getting from point A to point B. In recent years, these applications have expanded to integrate ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and public transit information. Map apps provide two key real-time data points to help me compare the different options: the time it will take to get to my destination and the cost.

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An Updated Resource about Health IT – Launching the Redesigned HealthIT.gov

Zhan Caplan | April 2, 2018

If you’re reading this blog post, then chances are that you have noticed something new about HealthIT.gov. I’m pleased to introduce our new and improved website – a resource that provides visitors with an authoritative resource on all things related to health IT. When ONC originally launched HealthIT.gov in 2011, it was the primary source of information about health information technology (health IT) from the federal government. Users reported that the website met their needs for many years,

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