Dr. David Blumenthal | December 23, 2010
Today on our FAQ page, we are posting a revised Question and Answer regarding an issue that has recently caused confusion in our meaningful use regulations: namely, the flexibility that providers have to defer performance on some Stage 1 meaningful use objectives; and how that squares with the requirement that providers must nonetheless possess fully-certified EHR systems.Read Full Post.
Mat Kendall, M.P.H. | December 14, 2010
The Regional Extension Centers (RECs) located across the country play a critical role in advancing the use of health information technology (health IT). They are charged with guiding some 100,000 health care providers in their efforts to establish and meaningfully use electronic health records in their practices. They offer a variety of services including outreach and education, and on-the-ground assistance.Read Full Post.
Aaron McKethan | December 8, 2010
Core Aims of Beacon Communities
Through the Beacon Communities program, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified 17 diverse communities—from Maine to Hawaii—that are serving as leaders in health IT. Building on their past successes, these communities have three aims over the next several years:
Claudia Williams | December 6, 2010
Last Friday ONC announced over $16 million in new funding for breakthrough innovations for health information exchange (HIE). The HIE Challenge Grant Program will provide $1 to $2 million awards to State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program grantees to develop solutions in five key areas:Read Full Post.
Carol Bean | November 30, 2010
Health care providers who are eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs now have a new tool to help them on their road to meaningful use. As of November, ONC’s official Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) identifies EHR technologies that have been tested and certified as being technically capable of supporting those providers’ achievement of meaningful use based on Stage 1 criteria outlined in HHS rules published on July 28 of this year.Read Full Post.