Health IT

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Top Takeaways from the 2021 ONC Annual Meeting

Cannon Leavelle | April 6, 2021

ONC Leader Gives Health IT Vision 

ONC’s newly appointed national coordinator Micky Tripathi introduced the 2021 ONC Annual Meeting by sharing his vision for the future of health IT strategy and policy throughout the healthcare system. He talked about the agency’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, striving for health equity through the use of health IT (he calls it “equity by design”), advancing interoperability of health information, and reducing the burden of health IT on clinicians. 

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Top Updates to the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – 2021 ISA Reference Edition Now Available

Brett Andriesen | February 8, 2021

Even if you’re not a standards guru, it’s not a stretch to say that standards help the world go ‘round, especially in the world of health information technology (health IT).  
ONC is excited to share the 2021 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. Whether you’re a policy wonk, a software developer, or a public health pro, there’s a little something for everyone this year.  (And if you are a standards professional, you might want to track the ISA’s RSS Feed – 

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Global Partnership Leads the Way to Advance Digital Health

Don Rucker | January 14, 2021

Across the globe, countries are making significant investments and advancements to promote the movement of electronic health information.  Global health information technology (health IT) leaders are working collaboratively to develop, implement, and share best practices with other nations about projects that advance key elements of digital health.  These efforts can yield better patient outcomes, reduce administrative burden on providers, and enable patients’ access to their health data. One of ONC’s primary global health IT engagements for this work is the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).

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How Proposed Implementation Specifications for Application Programming Interfaces Would Help to Further Reduce Burden

Elisabeth Myers | December 22, 2020

On December 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of proposed rulemaking Reducing Provider and Patient Burden by Improving Prior Authorization Processes, and Promoting Patients’ Electronic Access to Health Information, which builds on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule released earlier this year. This new proposed rule includes additional proposed requirements for payers to implement standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) that can help address critical health care challenges such as improving the efficiency of prior authorization processes.

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