Health Information Exchange

Portrait of Leila Samy

Critical Access Hospitals Report Challenges, Yet Forge Ahead with Advanced Health IT Capabilities

Leila Samy | July 8, 2014

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), some with a census of fewer than 10 patients, are the smallest of the small rural hospitals. In some regions, such as frontier areas, a CAH may be the only local health care provider serving an area the width of the state of Rhode Island! CAHs are small, geographically isolated and have limited resources.

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Portrait of John Rancourt

Coalition of States, ONC & SAMHSA Successfully Piloted Behavioral Health Data Exchange

John Rancourt | June 27, 2014

A coalition of states, in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, successfully completed a pilot project for the interstate exchange of electronic behavioral health data using Direct. This activity illuminated some of the real challenges with using Direct, both technical and operational, but ultimately demonstrated that such exchanges can be performed.

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Portrait of Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo

A Call To Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo | June 5, 2014

Today we are pleased to release Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.  This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care,

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Portrait of Lee Stevens

HIE Supports Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Services

Lee Stevens | May 14, 2014

As we approach 2014 National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31), it seems like an appropriate time to pause and reflect on two hurricanes that have impacted the lives of many Americans, Sandy and Katrina, and the role of health information technology (health IT).  ONC has long supported the use of health IT and health information exchange services to support emergency preparedness and response efforts, and the lessons learned from both of these natural disasters have helped to inform future efforts and to protect patient information to make sure that it is available to patients and providers where and when it is needed.  

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