Joshua Seidman

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Dr. Seidman leads the Meaningful Use Division in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Seidman works to evolve meaningful use practice and policy; help providers become meaningful users of health IT through ONC’s Regional Extension Center Program; and oversee ONC’s e-Quality Measurement agenda.

During two decades in health care, Dr. Seidman has focused on quality measurement and improvement; the intersection of e-health and health services research; and structuring consumer e-health interventions to support improved health behaviors and informed decision making. Previously, Dr. Seidman was the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy, which advanced the practice and science of using health IT to deliver tailored information to consumers to help them make better health decisions. At the IxCenter, Seidman focused on stimulating innovation, diffusing best practices, and evangelizing for a patient-centered orientation to implementation of health IT applications.

Dr. Seidman has also served as Director of Measure Development at the National Committee for Quality Assurance and has done research and analysis related to providers at the American College of Cardiology and the Advisory Board Company.

Seidman earned a Ph.D. in Health Services Research and an M.H.S. in Health Policy & Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.

Joshua Seidman's Latest Blog Posts

Joint Hearing to Conceptualize Clinical Quality for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Joshua Seidman | June 19, 2012

Recognizing the importance of evolving quality concepts within the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, two ONC federal advisory committee workgroups jointly held a full day hearing on June 7, 2012 to identify ways in which Meaningful Use Stage 3 may advance the consistent delivery of high quality care in diverse care settings. Experts from health care delivery organizations, quality improvement organizations, industry, and academia shared insights regarding how clinical decision support,

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Federal Advisory Committees Seeking Input on Incorporation of Patient-Generated Data for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

Joshua Seidman | June 18, 2012

ONC’s federal advisory committees (FACAs) held a full-day hearing on June 8 (written testimony can be found here) to explore how patient-generated health data (PGHD) might be incorporated into Meaningful Use (MU) of EHRs for Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs. Some examples of PGHD are data from a patient’s personal health record, data from a blood glucose monitor, or information about a patient’s functional status. Three FACA workgroups hosted the hearing: The Health IT Policy Committee’s MU and Quality Measurement Workgroups,

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Public Input Shaped the Guiding Principles for Stage 2 Meaningful Use NPRM

Joshua Seidman | March 27, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs that detail proposed Meaningful Use requirements for providers and the Standards & Certification Criteria (S&CC) that delineate proposed requirements for certified EHR products. The vast majority of the proposed criteria derive from the two federal advisory committees that have been lauded as a model for public,

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EMR vs EHR – What is the Difference?

Joshua Seidman | January 4, 2011

What’s in a word? Or, even one letter of an acronym?
Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you’ll notice we use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively. While it may seem a little picky at first, the difference between the two terms is actually quite significant.

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ONC’s Work to Stimulate Innovation and Diffuse EHR Best Practices

Joshua Seidman | December 28, 2009

A recent New Yorker article by Atul Gawande skillfully draws an analogy between today’s health care crisis and the food crisis our country faced a century ago. Whereas the heath care system currently consumes about 17% of the U.S. economy, Americans spent more than 40% of their income on food at the turn of the last century. Like our current health care system, there existed a huge chasm between what science suggested could be achieved in improved quality and productivity and how farmers dispersed throughout the country were actually practicing.

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