Andrew Gettinger, M.D. | November 15, 2017
Health information technology (health IT) has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina came roaring ashore in 2005. At that time, few hospitals in the region had adopted electronic health records (EHRs). To address some coordination issues, a national foundation comprised of several private businesses, national physician organizations, and other health professionals stood up a basic system to share medication history with providers in a matter of hours. This system, KatrinaHealth.org, was helpful in limited circumstances;Read Full Post.
Genevieve Morris | November 2, 2017
As the youngest child in a relatively large extended family, I never thought I would be called upon to help my mom be a caregiver for my grandparents, who throughout my life were incredibly healthy. Unfortunately, dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, do not discriminate in choosing their victims, and my once healthy grandparents now require a higher level of care. And with that care, comes the need to make sure that we family caregivers have the information we need to help manage their care,Read Full Post.
Genevieve Morris | October 26, 2017
National Health IT Week offers an annual opportunity to promote awareness of the value of health IT and to highlight progress made across the healthcare ecosystem. National Health IT Week took place this year from October 2nd to October 6th. As part of this year’s National Health IT Week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted a Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Listening Session to hear from health IT developers and LTPAC stakeholders about some of the challenges in achieving interoperability across acute,Read Full Post.
The ONC Health IT Certification Program Approves the HIMSS-Immunization Integration Program (IIP) Testing Method
Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | October 17, 2017
Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is announcing that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has successfully demonstrated that its testing method, as part of the Immunization Integration Program (HIMSS-IIP), can serve as an alternative to the current National Coordinator-approved method for testing transmissions to immunization registries.Read Full Post.
Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | October 10, 2017
In 2014, man created FHIR.
In other words, that is when the Health Level 7 (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard was released as a first draft standard for trial use (“FHIR DSTU1”) for implementation in health information technology (health IT) software. FHIR is a standardized way to exchange health information that’s similar to the way we experience using the Internet. The FHIR standard’s security page notes, however, that FHIR “is not a security protocol,