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HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase Participants Get a Surprise Challenge

Dr. Doug Fridsma | February 29, 2012

Last Thursday, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari made an impromptu visit to the ONC/FHA area of the HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase. He gathered the participants and issued a surprise challenge: In the next hour, demonstrate interoperable health information exchange with another showcase participant whom you haven’t exchanged information with before.

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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Stage 2 Meaningful Use NPRM Moves Toward Patient-Centered Care Through Wider Use of EHRs

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | February 24, 2012

Substantial evidence shows that higher adoption of electronic health records (EHR) can save our health care system money, save time for doctors and hospitals, and save lives. Thanks to the Recovery Act and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, we have seen great success and momentum as we’ve taken the first steps toward adoption of this critical technology: to date, more than 43,000 providers have received $3.1 billion to help make the transition to EHRs;

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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Major Progress in Doctors’ and Hospitals’ Use of Health IT

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | February 17, 2012

The HITECH Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, put in place new incentives for doctors and hospitals to help them make the investment in electronic health records (EHRs). It also made a very important distinction: that health IT is not just about the technology, it’s how we use the technology to improve care. It has moved health care in a direction that isn’t just about more technology it’s about using that technology in a way that’s going to be meaningful to patients.

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ONC Staff Tops the Agenda at HIMSS 2012

Parmeeth M.S. Atwal | February 17, 2012

Last year, the annual HIMSS conference drew record-breaking crowds with more than 30,000 people from around the country gathered to learn about the latest health information technology (health IT) and to share ideas and experiences. Electronic health records (EHRs), meaningful use, and how to use technology to improve care dominated the schedule. Presentations by ONC staff were among the best attended.

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