Naresh Sundar Rajan | December 10, 2020
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To battle the COVID-19 pandemic, health professionals need immediate access to relevant health data in order to inform clinical decision making, conduct timely research, understand trends, and inform response efforts.
The pandemic, though, highlighted a known shortcoming of our nation’s health data infrastructure. Decision makers, like health care providers, must rely on information reporting services outside the health care system to obtain real-time epidemiological data that, even then,
Steven Posnack | December 1, 2020
Standards come about for many reasons. They make things more efficient, cost effective, and safer to name a few. Often you’ll hear witty banter in the standards community (I know…right!?) about whether something is “fit for purpose.” This is also accompanied by the question, “what’s your use case?”Read Full Post.
Kevin Chaney | November 30, 2020
Estimating risks and weighing the benefits of health interventions is a challenge for patients and their providers. Patients may wonder if they should be thinking twice before having that second portion of desert. Doctors may consider recommending a daily aspirin. Both may know that smoking poses a higher risk, but by how much? While the medical differences between these choices and factors may be nuanced, there are many different software systems, apps, and online platforms that can help providers deliver better care for patients to understand and improve their health.Read Full Post.
Kevin Chaney | November 24, 2020
With the publication of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule, health IT developers, healthcare providers, and app developers now have formal direction regarding the content and transaction standards required for consumers to access their health information using standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) and healthcare apps. Building on this work, we’ve launched a new project to help accelerate the understanding and use of standardized APIs and healthcare apps. The Accelerating APIs for Scientific Discovery project is part of ONC’s efforts to spur innovation and adoption of standardized APIs to enable sharing of electronic health information among consumers,Read Full Post.
Elise Sweeney Anthony | October 30, 2020
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (the Plan). The Plan demonstrates the federal government’s ongoing, coordinated focus on improving the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.Read Full Post.