From the ONC Desk

Portrait of Joshua Seidman

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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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

2012: The Year of Meaningful Use

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | March 26, 2012

Health IT plays a central role in building a 21st Century health care system—where care is safer, better coordinated, and patient-centered, where we pay for the right care, not just more care. Increasing the adoption and use of health IT is crucial, so we’ve set an ambitious goal for 2012: get 100,000 health care providers paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs by year’s end. For us to succeed,

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Portrait of Lygeia Ricciardi

Protecting Privacy of Health Information and Building Trust as Mobile and Online Health Evolve

Lygeia Ricciardi | March 15, 2012

The health care system is going digital at a fast clip. In the last two years, the number of hospitals using electronic health records has more than doubled to 35%—and  the majority of remaining hospitals say they have near-term plans to do so. While patient or consumer use of digital tools for health, such as patient portals and personal health records (PHRs), generally lag behind, it is catching up, especially when you also consider the use of “non-traditional” tools,

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Portrait of Joy Pritts

Health Information Security Viewpoint from HIMSS 2012: We’re in This Together

Joy Pritts | March 14, 2012

Patient privacy is everyone’s responsibility, and we all play a role in maintaining health information security. Those were the key takeaways from the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer’s (OCPO) Education Session on Privacy and Security. We interviewed Amy Wang, the Director of Information Services & Operational Effectiveness and the Information Security Officer, part of the Henry Ford Health System, to see how one hospital has been able to create a culture of privacy and security.

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Portrait of Nora Super

Leading, Listening, and Learning at HIMSS 2012

Nora Super | March 14, 2012

From February 20 through 24, 2012, a contingent of staff members of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) set off for Las Vegas to take part in the Health Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) 2012 annual conference. This year’s meeting was the largest health IT conference ever, bringing together more than 37,000 participants from all over the world.

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