Interoperability

Portrait of Genevieve Morris

Join Us At the Trusted Exchange Framework & Common Agreement Kick Off Meeting on July 24

Genevieve Morris | July 5, 2017

The 21st Century Cures Act, (Cures) a bipartisan, comprehensive law, supports the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments to maintain America’s global status in biomedical innovation.  Cures calls for innovation in the seamless exchange of health information and lays out a path and timeline to develop or support a trusted exchange framework and common agreement to achieve full network to network exchange of health information.  Cures calls on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to advance that seamless exchange of health information,

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Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The C-CDA has Come a Long Way

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | June 8, 2017

The Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standard (version 1.1, C-CDA 1.1) was first adopted in 2012 as part of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) 2014 Edition final rule. It took nearly three years after that rulemaking for certified health information technology (health IT) with C-CDA 1.1 capabilities to be widely deployed among health care providers. Today’s experience with respect to C-CDA-based interoperability reflects this now five year-old version, and, in some respects,

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Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Announcing the Winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | May 31, 2017

On May 9, 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Move Health Data Forward Challenge to promote innovation in the area of consumer-mediated exchange. We challenged the health information technology industry to help find new technological ways to put consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to how and when their health information can be shared.

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Portrait of Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP

Making health IT “usable” on the Frontlines


Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP | May 11, 2017

Usability of health information technology (health IT) systems means many things to many people.  If we look at the industry-standard International Organization for Standardization definition, usability is, “the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use.” While we agree on a definition, we also come to a fork in the road in terms of implementation,

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What Does The Comprehensive Shared Care Plan Mean For Nursing?

Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP | May 8, 2017

Care coordination is a key feature of evolving care models designed to avoid episodic care for patients. Currently, various federal programs that pay for health care services require a care plan as a component of care coordination. For example, care plans must be established for patients receiving certain Medicare benefits (e.g., home health care) and Medicare makes payment for certain primary care and care management services with a care plan element (e.g., chronic care management services).

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