From the ONC Desk

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ONC convenes stakeholders to discuss patient matching later in December

Lee Stevens | December 10, 2013

As organizations are sharing more and more health information electronically, the need for improved patient identification and matching across organizations has become clear. In September, we announced a dedicated initiative to assess what’s working well and where there are gaps, and to explore possible ways patient matching could be improved. Those initial findings from our current efforts will be discussed at a meeting here in Washington, D.C. on December 16, 2013.

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VSAC Value Set Authoring Tool Launches

Julia Skapik | November 7, 2013

The National Library of Medicine launched the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Authoring Tool on October 31, 2013. People can now apply for authoring and stewardship credentials and use new features that improve search, perform code validation, and provide added guidance for authors as part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality and utility of value sets and data elements.
Why create a new location for value set authoring?

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Better Health Info, Better Health: Announcing ONC’s Certified HIT Mark

Carol Bean | July 11, 2013

More and more Americans across the country are relying on their doctors and hospitals to provide them with top-quality health care. Health information technology (HIT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care with secure sharing of health information through technology like electronic health records (EHRs), helping to improve patient care.
ONC is at the forefront of this effort to modernize healthcare, supporting the adoption of certified HIT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

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New ONC Resource Supports Consolidated CDA Standards Implementation

Dr. Doug Fridsma | June 5, 2013

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success.  – Henry Ford
Since the launch of the Stage 2 Certification program, ONC has been actively listening to the buzz among implementers as EHR vendors strive to update their systems to conform to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (Consolidated CDA) standard in order to meet the transition of care objective.

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