Electronic Health & Medical Records

Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is Here

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | December 22, 2015

Today, ONC released the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)—a coordinated catalog of existing and emerging standards and implementation specifications developed and used to meet specific interoperability needs. In short, the advisory provides a single resource for those looking for federally recognized, national interoperability standards and guidance.

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Portrait of Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo

Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap – Version 1.0

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo | October 6, 2015

This is a unique time in health care. Scientific and technological advancements made by you, our partners across the health industry, have been rapidly transforming health and health care in the nation. More than 3 million individuals have accessed their electronic health information using ONC’s Blue Button tool. Today, over three-quarters of eligible providers and nine-in-ten eligible hospitals have received incentive payments for adopting and meaningfully using certified health IT compared with less than 15% before the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs started.

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Portrait of Alicia Morton, DNP, RN-BC

Open Invitation to Submit Health IT Test Tools or Procedures

Alicia Morton, DNP, RN-BC | July 6, 2015

Improving and streamlining the testing and certification of health IT has long been a goal of ONC. To that end, on June 9th we published a notice in the Federal Register that reintroduced a flexibility included in the ONC Health IT Certification Program that allows the National Coordinator to consider test procedures, test tools, and test data developed by any person or entity for approved use.

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Portrait of Thomas A. Mason, M.D.

Health IT Holds the Promise to Help Improve Health

Thomas A. Mason, M.D. | April 30, 2015

Electronic Clinical Measures Point to EHRs Potential to Monitor Blood Pressure Control
About 1 of 3 U.S. adults—67 million people—have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. High blood pressure increases the risk for a variety of diseases, including stroke, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart and kidney failure, and atrial fibrillation. High blood pressure is also called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it.

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