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

Power to the Patient: Our Record, Our Right, Our Choice

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | March 12, 2020

On Monday, March 9th 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the long awaited final rule to address information blocking and update the ONC Health IT Certification Program as directed by Congress through the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (the Cures Act).

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The Cures Act Final Rule: Interoperability-Focused Policies that Empower Patients and Support Providers

Elise Sweeney Anthony, J.D. | March 9, 2020

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the release of the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule, which implements provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress. We thank Congress for the passage of the Cures Act and we look forward to implementing the final rule, which promotes patient access to their electronic health information, supports provider needs,

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We’re One in a Million: ONC and the Precision Medicine Initiative

Teresa Zayas Cabán | February 27, 2020

The increasing availability of electronic health data in the 21st century has tremendous potential to ignite a new era of inquiry and discovery. ONC is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), a federal effort to spur the next generation of health research by rethinking access, aggregation, storage, and analysis of many kinds of health and health-related data. With precision medicine, researchers will be able to make new discoveries about health and illness to bring a more personalized approach to patient care.

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Portrait of Teresa Zayas Cabán

ONC Releases National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda

Teresa Zayas Cabán | February 24, 2020

The accelerated use of health IT has led to exponential growth in the amount and availability of electronic health data. Despite this progress, certain research and scientific breakthroughs may remain slow due to difficulties with health IT infrastructure and the lack of high quality health data. To better understand and address these challenges, ONC led the development of National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda, which articulates a vision where research can happen more quickly and effectively.

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Final Report Delivers a Strategy to Reduce EHR Burden

Andrew Gettinger, M.D. | February 21, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a comprehensive strategy to reduce the regulatory and administrative burden related to the use of health IT, including EHRs. Reflective of public comment, the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burdens Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs targets burdens tied to regulatory and administrative requirements that HHS can directly impact through the rulemaking process. The report’s strategies, recommendations, and policy shifts aim to give clinicians more time to focus on what matters – caring for their patients.

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