Claudia Williams

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Claudia Williams is Director of the State Health Information Exchange Program in HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, where she leads ONC’s efforts to enable health information exchange to support provider achievement of meaningful use and sustainable improvements in health and health care efficiency. She came to ONC from the Markle Foundation where she was Director of Health Policy and Public Affairs and helped direct Markle Connecting for Health, a coalition of health care leaders from across the spectrum of perspectives including technology innovators, leading provider groups, and consumer organizations who advance recommendations for using health IT to make rapid improvements in health care system performance. Prior to joining Markle, she directed the Synthesis Project for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an initiative to inform key coverage, health market, public health, and care delivery policy decisions with strong research evidence. She has also held senior positions at the Lewin Group and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation at HHS. Ms. Williams holds an MS in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Duke University.

Claudia Williams's Latest Blog Posts

New Direct Implementation Guide Will Support Interoperability

Claudia Williams | May 24, 2013

Today, ONC is releasing Direct Implementation Guidelines for Assuring Security and Interoperability, recommending a common set of policies and practices to ensure Direct is being implemented in a way that will support vendor-to-vendor exchange and interoperability across geographic, organizational and vendor-related boundaries.
The Direct Project specifications offer a universal exchange mechanism for Meaningful Use Stage 2 to support care coordination among providers and with patients.

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Health Information Exchange: It Should Just Work

Claudia Williams | July 18, 2012

The day is not far off when any hospital discharging a patient or doctor making a referral will be able to send along needed information seamlessly, electronically, and easily from their electronic health record (EHR) to the next point of care and to patients. This means safer, better and cheaper care.

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Health Information Exchange Turns a Corner

Claudia Williams | March 30, 2012

As reflected in the guidance released last month by the State Health Information Exchange Program (HIE), this year we expect health information exchange to take off. The stage is set. Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by ambulatory providers doubled between 2008 and 2011. Substantial progress was made on interoperability through Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements.

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