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Seth Pazinski

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Seth Pazinski serves as the director of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Analysis for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Prior to this, Mr. Pazinski led ONC’s Division for Planning and Operations from 2009 to 2014. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan, facilitating ONC’s implementation planning activities, and managing ONC’s two federal advisory committees – the HIT Policy Committee and the HIT Standards Committee.

From 2007 to 2009, he served as the special assistant to the national coordinator, focusing on a wide range of project management and communications responsibilities. Before joining ONC, he was a project manager for the Quality Improvement Organization program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Mr. Pazinski earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, and advertising from Temple University and a Master's degree in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University.

Seth Pazinski's Latest Blog Posts

New Data on Skilled Nursing Facilities Use of Electronic Health Records Establish the Path for Progress

Seth Pazinski | September 7, 2017

Data released today by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) report for the first time, nationally representative measures on electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange among skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Most SNFs (64 percent) used EHRs to manage patient health information in 2016. About 22 percent of SNFs reported participating in a state or regional health information organization (HIO); with a fifth of facilities (18 percent) using both an EHR and an HIO.

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Measuring Interoperability: Listening and Learning

Seth Pazinski | July 1, 2016

In April we asked for your input and comments on ways for us to measure how well our nation’s health care system is doing in achieving “widespread interoperability,” as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Separate from the provisions that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to implement through the Quality Payment Program for payment of office-based Medicare physicians, MACRA specifically calls on HHS to establish metrics for the exchange and use of clinical information to facilitate coordinated care and improve patient outcomes between participants in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs and others nationwide.

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Help Inform the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Measurement of Interoperability

Seth Pazinski | April 7, 2016

Today, we are asking for your input on ways to measure the progress toward a future where health information is flowing between providers and patients to supports a health system that provides better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) declares it a national objective to achieve the widespread exchange of health information through the use of interoperable certified electronic health records and directs HHS to establish metrics in consultation with you – the health IT community – to see if that objective has been met.

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