Portrait of Parastou Fatemi

Texas Health IT Innovation – an Overview

Parastou Fatemi | February 4, 2011

The most rewarding aspect of our job working with Beacon Communities is the opportunity to meet with leaders on the front lines of health care to discover how they are using health IT to design concrete improvements in care delivery. Of course, much innovation is underway and progress is being made throughout the country beyond ONC’s network of programs. Our Beacon Communities and other ONC awardees can learn from these efforts,

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Resources from ONC on Becoming a Meaningful User of EHRs

Julie Franklin | January 12, 2011

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) want to help you on your journey to becoming a meaningful user of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.  Here are resources about meaningful use, Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and the EHR certification process to help guide you:

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HIT Task Force Guidance on Health IT

Dr. David Blumenthal | January 7, 2011

In September 2010, Vivek Kundra, the Federal Chief Information Officer, and I issued guidance articulating five key health IT policy and technology principles for Federal health IT projects. The goal of these principles is to encourage better strategic alignment of health IT investments by guiding modernization strategies for existing systems, as well as new investment decisions.

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EMR vs EHR – What is the Difference?

Peter Garrett | January 4, 2011

What’s in a word? Or, even one letter of an acronym?
Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you’ll notice we use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively. While it may seem a little picky at first, the difference between the two terms is actually quite significant.

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