National Health IT Week

September 26-30, 2016

Welcome to National Health IT Week 2016! This annual celebration is a time for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and recommit ourselves to advancing the promise of health information technology. We are looking forward to a busy week where we’ll be highlighting that progress, as well as unveiling some new health IT tools and resources.

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Health IT Week Events and Initiatives

  • Monday, September 26

    A Message from President Obama Commemorating National Health IT Week

    We are very excited to share a message from President Barack Obama, commemorating National Health IT Week. In part, his message reads:

    “During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation...Because of our collective efforts, 97 percent of our Nation’s hospitals and three-quarters of doctors are using electronic records to care for their patients…These efforts help advance our Administration’s goal of fostering the seamless and secure flow of electronic health information when and where it is needed most. Though there is more to be done to realize a healthcare system that fits each of our needs, I am confident that if we continue working together, we can build a future of greater health and prosperity for coming generations.”

    Read the full message from President Obama.

    NEW RESOURCES: Health IT Playbook, EHR Contract Guide

    Today, ONC is releasing a comprehensive Health IT Playbook with links and tools to help providers use their health IT. As part of the Playbook, ONC is also posting a new EHR contract guide, EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print, which offers strategies to help providers as they compare EHRs and negotiate key terms with EHR vendors. We will be hosting a public webinar on Friday, September 30 to help you better navigate these two resources that could help any practice. See below for details!

    Blockchain White Papers Posted, Workshop Underway

    In early September, we announced the winners of the ONC “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research” Challenge, where we solicited white papers on the topic of Blockchain technology and the potential use in health IT. Over the next two days, some of those winners will present their work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during a joint ONC/NIST workshop. You can read all of the Blockchain Challenge submissions on

    Nearly All Hospitals Using Certified EHRs

    This summer, ONC released new survey data shows nearly all of the nation’s hospitals have adopted certified electronic health records. This represents a nine-fold increase since 2008 and also shows that there has been an increase in the sharing of health data among hospitals. Read the ONC Data Brief.

  • Tuesday, September 27

    NEW VIDEO: Giving Patients and Providers the Keys to Their Health Data

    Today, HHS and ONC released a new whiteboard video highlighting how health IT is foundational to help reform our health care delivery system. During National Health IT Week it is important to remember that we all are working to unlock health care data and put it to work when and where doctors, individuals, and hospitals need it. Read more in this blog post from Dr. Washington and watch the video now.

    #AskVindell Twitter Chat

    Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health IT, will be chatting on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00 AM ET using #AskVindell. We’ll be discussing the current state of health IT, where we’re going from here, and answering your questions. This is your chance to hear directly from the new National Coordinator. Start asking your questions today and join the conversation using #AskVindell!

    Wearables, Social Media, and Your Health Data

    Many of us now use wearables and other types of health information technology to help us manage our health and the health of our loved ones. These fitness trackers, their related social media sites, and other technologies are changing the way we interact and control our own health. However, they did not exist when Congress originally enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996. Along with our colleagues at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we released a report that discusses the lack of clear guidance around consumer access to, and privacy and security of, health information collected, shared, and used by entities that are not currently covered by HIPAA. You can also check out our blog post explaining the report and why it’s important for you to know about these gaps.

    Your Health Information, Your Rights.

    HIPAA gives individuals the right to see and get copies of their health information, or share it with a third party, like a family member or a mobile device application. Having easy access to their health information empowers individuals to be more in control of decisions regarding their health and well-being. Individuals can monitor chronic conditions better, understand and stay on track with treatment plans, find and fix errors, and contribute information to research if they choose. To help explain this important right to individuals and health care providers, ONC and OCR have developed easy-to-understand educational tools in English and Spanish. Watch at and help us spread the word!

    UPDATED: Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool

    We recognize that conducting a risk assessment can be a challenging task. That’s why ONC, in collaboration with OCR and the HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), developed a downloadable SRA Tool to help guide you through the process. This tool is not required by the HIPAA Security Rule, but is meant to assist providers and professionals as they perform a risk assessment. Download the revised SRA Tool and User Guide.

  • Thursday, September 29

    Model Privacy Notice Twitter Chat

    On Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 PM ET we’ll be holding a Twitter chat to discuss the Model Privacy Notice (MPN) using #MPNchat. Similar to the Nutritional Facts label, the MPN is being designed to provide a snapshot of a company’s existing privacy and security practices to help consumers make informed choices when selecting products that collect digital health information.

  • Friday, September 30

    Webinar: Health IT Playbook Public Demo

    On Monday, we announced the launch of the Health IT Playbook, a tool to help make using health information technology (health IT) easier for providers so they can get the most out of their technology investment. On Friday, we are hosting a public webinar to demo the Health IT Playbook - September 30 at 2:00p.m. ET. Register to attend.

  • Additional Information

    Feedback on Health IT Playbook, EHR Contract Guide

    ONC released a comprehensive Health IT Playbook with links and tools to help providers use their health IT. As part of the Playbook, ONC is also posted an EHR contract guide, which offers strategies to help providers as they compare EHRs and negotiate key terms with EHR vendors. Here is feedback on the importance of the new tools:

    “Purchasing processes and contracts have an important role in ensuring information can move freely and securely across all the devices and IT systems used in patient care. This guide can help foster the dialogue between buyers and sellers to achieve that shared goal,” said Ed Cantwell, Executive Director, Center for Medical Interoperability, regarding the EHR contract guide.

    “The American College of Surgeons thanks ONC for the work they have done on the Health IT Playbook, which will be an exceptional resource for surgeons who participate in all the various federal programs. It is a superb navigational tool for assisting surgeons in the emerging MIPS and APM world and it assembles the work across all the federal healthcare agencies into one workable website,” said Frank G Opelka, MD FACS, Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy, American College of Surgeons (ACS).

    "It is great to see ONC stepping up and creating the Health IT Playbook. They have engaged family physicians to offer input during the development and we are excited to see it has launched. Physicians can find it difficult to keep up to date on the changing requirements for and breadth of information on health IT. The simple structure and the interactive tools provided in the Playbook will be an asset to family physicians and their practices as they continue their journey of selecting, implementing, optimizing, and switching EHRs. This will be a great addition to the resources the AAFP provides its members,” said Dr. Steven Waldren, Director of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Alliance for eHealth Innovation.