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National Health Information Exchange Governance Forum Announced

Jodi G. Daniel | March 1, 2013

Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information looking for comments about a potential governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network.  Based on comments we received, along with feedback from multiple stakeholders, we decided not to continue with a formal rulemaking process, but instead pursue a non-regulatory approach to health information exchange (HIE) governance.  We committed to launching a range of activities to support and learn from existing governance initiatives and advance our HIE goals:

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Positioning ONC for Continued Success

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | May 16, 2012

Today, we announced two exciting changes within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – the creation of an Office of the Chief Medical Officer and an Office of Consumer eHealth.
The primary function of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer will be to infuse a clinical perspective across ONC on all activities which have clinical implications. Activities located in this office will include safety, usability, clinical decision support, meaningful use policy development,

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Health Information Exchange Turns a Corner

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | 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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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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