From the ONC Desk

Portrait of Dr. Doug Fridsma

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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Portrait of Matthew Swain

Can Health IT Reduce Health Disparities? New ONC Report Explores Opportunities

Matthew Swain | May 10, 2013

Inequality related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status is one of our nation’s most vexing problems, and it affects health status, access to health care, and health care quality.
Unfortunately, health disparities in access to quality care are common. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicates that:

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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Electronic Health Information Exchange Governance Framework Released

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | May 3, 2013

Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).

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ONC’s 2014 Budget Proposal

ONC | April 12, 2013

The FY 2014 Budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is $78 million, $17 million above FY 2012. The Budget builds upon the investment of health information technology (IT) resources authorized in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). It also strengthens ONC’s expertise on activities related to ONC’s core mission including adoption and meaningful use;

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Portrait of Jodi G. Daniel

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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