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A Record to Rely On: A Workshop on the Intersection of Electronic Health Records, Health Law, Payment, and Oversight

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Summary:            

ONC is holding a 1-day workshop focused on the use of clinical documentation—as captured by EHRs—in legal, payment, and oversight contexts. The workshop will bring together panels of experts to discuss the current landscape around how EHRs have been used as a record in the legal environment and for purposes such as medical documentation, claims support, audit trail records, and fraud identification.

Registration:      

Registration for in-person attendance is now closed. Please register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/970234727024402946
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Location:              

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800
200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201

Date & Time:     

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Agenda 

Download the Agenda [PDF - 422KB]

Other Documents

Mock Audit Trail [PDF - 7KB]

Mock ED Report [PDF - 8KB]

9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks/Welcome

  • B. Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, FACEP, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

9:15 a.m.
Patient Access
[Moderator: Lucia Savage, JD, Chief Privacy Officer, ONC]

  • Deven McGraw, JD, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy, U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights

9:45 a.m.
Break

10:00 a.m.
Medical Documentation and Clinical Reliability
[Moderator: Andy Gettinger, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, ONC]

11:15 a.m.
EHR Risk Management and Litigation – Identifying the Issues

[Moderator: Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD, Director, Office of Policy, ONC]

11:45 a.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m.
EHR Risk Management and Litigation – Mock Deposition and Analysis
[Moderator: Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD, Director, Office of Policy, ONC]

  • Chad Brouillard, JD, Foster & Eldridge LLP
  • Daniel Scialpi, JD, Patrick Malone and Associates
  • Reed Gelzer, MD, MPH, Provider Resources, Inc.
    View the slideshow [PDF - 997KB]

2:00 p.m.
Break

2:15 p.m.
Innovation and Problem-Solving: Standards, Technical and Developer Perspectives
[Moderator: Steve Posnack, MS, MHS, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, ONC]

3:30 p.m.
Break

3:45 p.m.
Innovation and Problem-Solving: Provider, Payor and Legal Perspectives
[Moderator: Michael Lipinski, JD, Director, Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ONC]

  • David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, American Medical Association
    View the slideshow [PDF - 515KB]
  • Kenneth Sullivan, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Chad Brouillard, JD, Foster & Eldridge LLP
  • Elisabeth Belmont, JD, MaineHealth

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD, Director, Office of Policy, ONC

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn

ONC 2016 Annual Meeting

Committed to Better Care through Health IT

May 31 – June 2, 2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pleased to announce its sixth Annual Meeting will be held May 31 – June 2, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Join a wide array of public and private sector partners discussing ways to leverage health IT to achieve better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

Check out the ONC 2016 Annual Meeting webpage for more details – including the agenda and registration – as they become available!

Health Datapalooza

May 8-11, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services and ONC will be participating in this year’s Health Datapalooza. The event, a public and private movement to liberate and use health data, will be held in Washington, D.C. from May 8-11. The last day is focused on Privacy & Security as it relates to uses of health data. More on Health Datapalooza, including schedule of events.

ONC and the Federal Health Architecture Hosting a Healthcare Provider Directory Workshop

April 5, 2016, - April 6, 2016
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

ONC and the Federal Health Architecture are hosting The Provider Directory Workshop on April 5 and 6 to take a deep dive into provider directory standards and solutions. The goal of the Workshop is to help health IT developers and others working on provider directory standards exchange ideas and potential solutions that can further the flow of health information. We expect the Workshop will facilitate a productive dialogue that will encourage attendees to take action to help address directory related challenges.

The Workshop will focus on interoperability, data quality, existing and evolving standards, and other technical aspects, but will consider non-technical (governance, sustainability, etc.) factors as appropriate.

Dates: April 5, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm & April 6, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm | Location: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA. For more information, please contact us at Daniel Chaput or visit the registration page.

Webinar: Updating the Model Privacy Notice

March 30, 2016
3:00 - 4:00 pm (ET), 12:00 -1:00 pm (PT)

ONC is updating the Model Privacy Notice (MPN) - a voluntary, openly available resource designed to help developers provide transparent notice of their information practices to consumers in an understandable way. We’re hosting a webinar with our colleagues in the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the Federal Trade Commission to discuss this project and opportunity to comment and answer your questions.

Date: March 30, 2016 | Time: 3-4pm (ET), 12-1pm (PT)

Click the phone icon for audio information. Read the Health IT Buzz Blog for more information on how to submit comments by April 15.

March 25th Discovery Infrastructure for Clinical Health IT Apps Cooperative Agreement Webinar

Friday, March 25, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

ONC will host an informational webinar about Funding Opportunity NAP-AX-16-003 “Discovery Infrastructure for Clinical Health IT Apps Cooperative Agreement” on Friday, March 25 from 2-3pm ET.

 At this session, we will:

  • Discuss the background, purpose, scope, terms and conditions and other provisions in the funding opportunity
  • Explain the eligibility and application requirements
  • Describe the application review process
  • Provide an opportunity for interested parties to ask questions

Please contact ONC.TechLab@hhs.gov for more information.

Long-Term & Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit

Sunday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Join the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative from June 21- 23rd, 2015 for the LTPAC Health IT Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. Kelly Cronin, ONC's director of the Office of Care Transformation, will be highlighting efforts to advance the draft Interoperability Roadmap and discuss changes in payment reform and policy that are spurring innovation in health IT and long-term post-acute care.

Health IT Safety Webinar Series

Friday, June 19, 2015

1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Join us on June 19 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT for the seventh webinar of a 10-part series on health information technology (IT) and patient safety, "EHR Usability and Health IT Safety". This free webinar presents perspectives on EHR usability and its impact on health IT safety. Presenters are Raj Ratwani, Ph.D., Scientific Director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, Kris Engdahl, M.S., Senior Manager of User Research, athenahealth, Ross C. Teague, Ph.D., Senior Manager of User Experience at Allscripts, and Jonathan S. Wald, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.M.I., Director, Patient-Centered Technologies, RTI International. Slides and audio of previous webinars in this series are also now available.

5th International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The 2015 Health Privacy Summit will bring together top national and international experts for two days of debates about global health privacy issues and realistic solutions. The Summit will be held at the Georgetown Law Center and will be livestreamed. ONC's Chief Privacy Officer, Lucia Savage, Esq., will keynote a session on Thursday, June 4, titled "Looking Around the Corner: Emerging Issues in Electronic Health Information and Privacy." You can get more information at www.healthprivacysummit.org.

Hearing on Advanced Health Models

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On June 2, 2015 the Health IT Policy Committee's (#HITPC) Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Workgroup will conduct a hearing on, you guessed it, Advanced Health Models. Panelists will describe how their integrated, holistic model produces optimal health and healthcare for individuals and communities across the health continuum and will highlight the key health IT elements required to support their model. The hearing will further understanding on the opportunities, challenges, and policies needed for successfully scaling and sustaining the IT infrastructure required to promote advanced health models across communities. Information on the hearing, including materials, instructions for listening to the session, and details about how you can provide public comment, will be available soon on the FACA webpage.

Health Datapalooza

Sunday, May 31 – Wednesday, June 3, 2015

For those of you attending Health Datapalooza 2015 (#HDPalooza), here in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Hotel next week, many of our staff and leadership will be speaking at the event. Stay in touch with our daily e-mail blast that will include schedule updates and possible changes in venue. Please join us and let us know what you think about the sessions via Twitter (@ONC_HealthIT)

Health IT Safety Webinar Series

Friday, May 8, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Join us on May 8 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT for the sixth webinar of a 10-part series on health information technology (IT) and patient safety, " How can we Improve Diagnosis and Safety Using Health IT?" This free webinar presents perspectives on using health IT to reduce errors and harms associated with diagnostic errors, including how health IT can be leveraged to support diagnostic decision-making and follow-up of diagnostic information such as abnormal test results. Presenters are Jason Maude, Founder and CEO, Isabel Healthcare; Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX; Michael Kanter, M.D., Regional Medical Director of Quality and Clinical Analysis at Southern California Permanente Medical Group; and Mark Graber, M.D., RTI International. For additional information and to register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6057274794614815490.

Slides and audio of previous webinars in this series are available at www.healthitsafety.org/education.

ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria Webinar

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

ONC invites you to hear from the experts about the proposed 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria rule. At 2:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 7, ONC will host a detailed session on the proposed 2015 Edition rule. During this webinar you will get an overview of the components of the 2015 Edition proposed rule; a summary of the differences between previous editions of certification criteria and certification policies and the 2015 Edition proposed rule; and important milestones and timelines related to the proposed rule. Presenters are Elise Sweeney Anthony, Esq., Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Michael L. Lipinski, Esq., Division Director, Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs.

ONC's Market R&D Pilot Challenge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Join us April 30 to hear about the ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge! Selected from 82 applicants, six winners will each receive $50,000 awards that contribute to the funding of pilots of innovative health IT products. The challenge, launched in November 2014, asked startups to team with health care provider host sites in developing six-month pilots that will begin in August.

Google Hangout: HIPAA 101 for Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Did you know that HIPAA not only protects patient information, but also gives patients the legal right to access their own health data? Companies developing consumer-facing apps and products will play a vital role in enabling patients to retrieve their information from providers and payors, and allow them to use that information in a meaningful way. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about the HIPAA privacy rule and its impact on health IT innovation from the experts.

2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria Webinar

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2:00 pm EDT

Hear from the experts about the proposed 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. At 2:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 28 ONC will be hosting a detailed session on the proposed 2015 Edition rule. On the webinar you will get: An overview of the components of the 2015 Edition proposed rule; a summary of the differences between previous editions of certification criteria and certification policies and the 2015 Edition proposed rule; and important milestones and timelines related to the proposed rule. Presenters are Elise Sweeney Anthony, Esq., Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Michael L. Lipinski, Esq., Division Director, Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs. 

Download slides for this webinar [PDF - 922 KB]

Health IT Safety Webinar Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Join us on April 23, 2015 1:00-2:30 pm EST for the fifth webinar of a 10-part series on health information technology (IT) and patient safety, “CPOE*, CDS** and Health IT Safety”. This free webinar presents perspectives on computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and clinical decision support (CDS) and how these systems impact patient safety. Presenters are David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc., Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis, Partners HealthCare and David Classen, M.D., M.S., Chief Medical Information Officer, Pascal Metrics; Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah.

Additional information

Health IT Safety Webinar

Thursday, March 19, 2015

1pm ET

On Thursday March 19 please join us for the fourth in a series of webinars on health information technology and patient safety, Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) and Health IT Safety. This webinar presents perspectives on patient safety organizations (PSOs) that work to convene stakeholders and promote activities in support of health IT safety and quality. Presenters are Peggy Binzer J.D., Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Ronni Solomon, J.D., Executive Vice President and General Counsel at ECRI Institute, and Drew Ladner M.A. M.B.A., President & CEO of PSO Pascal Metrics.

Innovation Engagement: A Shared Strategy for Health IT Interoperability

Thursday, March 12, 2015

3:30 ET / 12:30 PT

ONC has released the first draft of “ Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0 [PDF 2.6 MB],” and we’re looking for feedback and comments from the health innovation community! Join us on March 12 as we hear from Erica Galvez, ONC’s Interoperability and Exchange Portfolio Manager, and Morgan Reed, Executive Director of ACT: The App Association, about the proposed Roadmap to achieve an interoperable learning health system through health information exchange, how this will impact and support a vibrant ecosystem for health IT innovation, and why the startup and developer community should get involved. Check out the infographic to see where we are and where we are going!

Health IT Safety Webinar Series

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On Thursday (February 19), please join us for the third in a series of webinars on health information technology and patient safety. We will cover a wide range of topics, recent research, and programs that relate to making health IT safer. Hear from John Halamka, MD, the CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Scott Stuewe, director of the Cerner Network, and Eric Heflin, Healtheway’s CTO.

Innovating for the Underserved: Using Open Federal Data for Social Determinants of Health

Date: February 12, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1776 DC, 1133 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and IDEA Lab at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are collaborating to host an event illustrating how open Federal data can be used by the developer community to create new, innovative technology solutions that help low-income and vulnerable populations to achieve better health outcomes.

2015 ONC Annual Meeting

February 2 - 3, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will hold the 2015 Annual Meeting February 2-3, 2015 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. The two-day meeting will gather over 1,200 health IT partners for two days of plenaries and breakout sessions.

Health IT and Ambulatory Medication Safety: What is the Role of E-Prescribing?

Friday, January 30, 2015, 1 – 2:30 pm EST

The second webinar of 10 on health IT and patient safety will be held from 1pm to 2:30pm (EST) on January 30. This webinar will present recent research on the role of health IT in ambulatory medication prescribing from different perspectives.

Innovation Engagement: Identity Management

Thursday, December 18, 2pm EST

Please join our next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout on Thursday December 18 at 2pm, featuring Jeremy Grant from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), and Eve Maler from ForgeRock. We’ll discuss the federal strategy for creating a vibrant “identity ecosystem” to maintain greater security and privacy for consumers, the recent White House Executive Order mandating multi-factor authentication and other protections for consumer transactions, and how health IT startups can get involved in these efforts.

Learn more about NSTIC’s work.

Stakeholder Briefing Webinar

Wednesday, December 17, 11am – noon EST

We would like to invite you to participate in a Stakeholder Briefing Call and Webinar to walk through The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 [PDF – 1MB], which ONC released for public comment on December 8, 2014. Your feedback is valuable and important to us and we hope you can join us.

Putting the Person at the Center: Integrating Plans for Long-Term Services and Supports and Health Care Delivery through Health Information Technology

Thursday, Oct. 16, 9am - 4:15pm EDT

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the National Coordinator on Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invite you to a town-hall style public workshop, Putting the Person at the Center: Integrating Plans for Long-Term Services and Supports and Health Care Delivery through Health Information Technology. ACL and the ONC seek input from stakeholders and experts on the use of health information technology (HIT) to enable a person-centered approach for planning and delivering both long-term services and supports and health care, including how to improve communication and collaboration among community-based organizations and health care partners. The topics to be discussed include care planning, technology and integration; key opportunities and challenges; and delivery and payment reform policy levers.

Expanding Funding for Rural Health IT to Wyoming’s Rural Clinics and Hospitals

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12 – 5pm MT

 

ONC Innovation Engagement: Pillbox

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2pm - 3pm EDT

ONC's next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout is on October 7 at 2pm EDT, featuring a discussion between David Hale of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights on Pillbox, an NLM project to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). This resource combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. NLM created and released open source code for “Pillbox” to make this data easily accessible and usable by the developer community. Available on Github, Pillbox is a collection of Python scripts that download the SPL data files, process the data files along with other data sources to create a “pill-focused” view of the information, and provide the data into formats that can be easily used by APIs. Pillbox is available as an API or developers can download and incorporate the scripts into their own applications.

Webinar: 2014 Edition Release 2 Final Rule

Thursday, Oct. 2, 1pm - 2pm EDT

Join Mike Lipinski on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 1pm – 2pm for a webinar regarding the ONC 2014 Edition Release 2 final rule.

The presentation will include:

  • An Overview of 2014 Edition Release 2 Final Rule
  • Alternative 2014 Edition certification criteria and approaches
  • ONC Health IT Certification Program Updates
  • Resources for the Release 2 Rule

Download Presentation [PDF - 2.5 MB]

 

National Health IT Week

September 15th - 19th, 2014

 

Webinar: How Immunization Information Systems Can Help Pediatric Offices

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 2pm EDT

Hear from ONC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) experts about the ways that Immunization Information Systems can help pediatric offices achieve meaningful use and about the collaborations between ONC and CDC around consumer access to immunization data and cross jurisdictional exchange of immunization data. The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 27th at 2pm EDT.

Download webinar slides [PDF – 3.1 MB]

Introductory work group sessions on Open Test

Tuesday, August 5th, 11am – 12pm EDT

Thursday, August 7th, 2pm – 3pm EDT

Procedures

We recently asked for your experiences and ideas to help us improve the test method used as part of the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Based on that input, we are pleased to announce that stakeholders selected the E-Prescribing and Clinical Decision Support certification criteria as the two criteria for the Open Test Method Development Pilot Program. Now we need your help with the next step: to develop innovative test methods that make the testing process more transparent, user-friendly, and real-world. If you didn’t participate in the certification criteria selection process you can still contribute and provide input at any point in time through October.

Check out www.healthit.gov/open-test-method for more information.

Digital Privacy Notice Implementation Webinar

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 1pm EDT

Providers and health plans — please join us for a webinar to learn how to install and customize award-winning model Notices of Privacy Practices on your websites! Recently, ONC announced the winners of the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge. This challenge asked designers to take the content of Model Notices of Privacy Practices developed in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights and create open source digital notices that are visually compelling and easy for covered entities to use and customize for their own websites. The winning designs are listed below, and all submissions can be found here.

FDASIA Webinar

Friday, June 20, 2014, 3pm EDT

On Friday, June 20th at 3pm EDT, ONC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Federal Communications Commission will be hosting a Webinar to listen to your feedback on the recently released draft FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDAISA) report. The public comment period for the draft report ends on July 7, 2014. 

Download webinar slides here [PDF - 1.66 MB].

ONC Innovation Engagement Webinar: Payment Transformation 101

Friday, June 13, 2014, 2pm ET / 11am PT

ONC’s Division of Science & Innovation works to engage the “innovation community,” broadly defined as entrepreneurs, developers, startups, venture capital, scientists and researchers who are developing the health IT solutions that will transform the practice of medicine and allow for greater patient engagement with their health care. This month, ONC’s Kelly Cronin will be interviewed by Malay Gandhi from RockHealth, to discuss new payment models and how they represent new opportunities to innovate.

42 CFR PART 2 LISTENING SESSION: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, EDT

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that they will hold a public listening session from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland, to solicit information concerning the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 CFR Part 2.

The federal alcohol and drug confidentiality law was enacted in the 1970s to encourage individuals with substance use disorders to seek treatment. There continues to be a need for confidentiality protections that encourage patients to seek treatment without fear of compromising their privacy. However, Over the last 25 years, significant changes have occurred within the U. S. health care system that were not envisioned by these regulations, including new models of integrated care, the development of an electronic infrastructure for managing and exchanging patient data, the development of prescription drug monitoring programs and a new focus on performance measurement within the health care system.

The scheduled listening session provides an opportunity for SAMHSA to seek public input on potential changes to the regulations.

For additional details please see here.

Advancing Health IT Adoption and Exchange to Facilitate Healthcare Transformation for Behavioral Health

Wednesday, May 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, ET

Please join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for a webinar entitled, “Advancing Health IT Adoption and Exchange to Facilitate Healthcare Transformation for Behavioral Health” on May 21st from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET. Integration of care enabled by health IT has great potential to improve health outcomes for individuals with behavioral health problems. An estimated 26 percent of Americans over age 18 are living with a mental health disorder in any given year and 46 percent will have a mental health disorder over the course of their lifetime. This webinar provides an opportunity for participants to learn about how ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are leading national efforts to integrate behavioral health and primary care using health IT.

Innovation Engagement: ONC's Standards to Accelerate Interoperability

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, EDT

Join ONC for our next Innovation Engagement virtual hangout! This month, we'll hear from Doug Fridsma, ONC's Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology, and Josh Mandel, lead architect for the SMART Platforms team on how ONC's technical standards and S&I Framework are enabling innovation and interoperability in the health IT industry. Entrepreneurs and developers can also learn where to find resources on ONC's standards work and how to get involved with ONC's strategy to enable a learning health system.

Public Workshop – Proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology

May 13-15, 2014

The FDA, ONC, and FCC seek broad input from stakeholders and experts. The topic to be discussed is the FDASIA health IT report [PDF - 438 KB] that contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework for health IT that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication.

Ten Ways to Maximize Use of Technology: For You and Your Patients

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2-3pm EDT

In observance of Nurses Week, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will host a webinar entitled, “Ten Ways to Maximize Use of Technology: For You and Your Patients” on May 6th from 2-3pm EDT. Technology in healthcare has become pervasive. Nurses in every type of healthcare setting are interacting with multiple modes of health IT as they care for their patients. This can be intimidating considering the rapid pace at which advances in technology continue to evolve. Join us for this webinar that will provide practical tips to advance your skills and provide knowledge to help you take advantage of the potential that health IT has to offer in improving care delivery.

Download webinar slides here [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Security Risk Assessment Tool Web Event

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

It’s been about a month since HHS released the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool on March 28th of this year. Since then ONC has received many suggestions, comments and questions . This webinar is designed to review the current state of the tool, discuss some of the known issues and ONC’s plan to address those identified issues and answer questions from users across the country.

ONC is looking forward to hearing from the SRA Tool’s user community.

Download webinar slides here [PDF - 4.1 MB].

“Exploring the Impact of Digital Technologies on Consumer Engagement and Empowerment for Communities of Color”

Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 – 3:30PM ET

Please join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a webinar on April 24th, from 2:00 -3:30PM ET. Transforming the nation’s healthcare system won’t happen without addressing health equity and health disparities that persist our health care systems. Health IT offers significant opportunities to improve health care access and quality in a way that can promote improved health outcomes and equity for all. During this webinar participants will hear from national experts on policy levers and scalable examples of we can maximize the benefit of Health IT for all.

Download Webinar File [PDF - 6.6 MB]

Introduction to Bonnie

Monday, April 7, 2014

ONC will host two identical training sessions on April 7 to introduce the public to Bonnie, a newly released testing tool to help you sort out electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) designed to support streamlined and efficient pre-testing of eCQMs used in the Meaningful Use program.

Nurse Practitioners & Meaningful Use

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 4:30 EST

Please join us on Wednesday March 26th, 2014 from 4:30-6pm EST to hear leaders from the field, ONC, and CMS discuss Nurse Practitioners’ Role in MU. ONC’s Deputy National Coordinator Judy Murphy, RN, will be joined by CMS’ Medicaid HIT Team to introduce this important topic. ONC Health IT Fellow Bambi McQuade-Jones, DNP, will share her experiences and perspective on how health IT helps her improve her practice. The goal is to identify tangible, actionable ways nurse practitioners can leverage meaningful use in their practice.

What: How Nurse Practitioners can Make Meaningful Use Meaningful
Who: Judy Murphy, RN, Deputy National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator CMS Medicaid HIT Team, Bambi-McQuade Jones, DNP, Boone County Clinic CEO
When: Wednesday March 26th from 4:30-6pm EST
Call-In: 888-831-6083 code 8772074

"At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health IT for Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses" Summit

Friday, March 21, 2014

Join us at The Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Mark your calendars! A registration link will be provided during the 2nd week of February. Attendance is free!

Learn more here

ONC Innovation Exchange: Interview with Aberdare Ventures & Blueprint Health

Friday, March 14 at 1 pm EDT

ONC’s Division of Science and Innovation is presenting a unique opportunity for health IT innovators to hear from Mohit Kaushal, Partner with Aberdare Ventures and Doug Hayes, Director at Blueprint Health, on how health IT solutions can enable the transformation of health care. We'll discuss how new payment models like patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations are presenting new opportunities for innovation, and there will be time for open Q&A at the end. You can also join our live Twitter chat at #ONCInnovates.

QDM User Group

March 5, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

The QDM User Group provides input on changes to the Quality Data Model. The QDM User Group will meet to address the backlog of existing QDM issues and change requests. 

If you are interested in participating in the User Group, please contact QDM@mitre.org.

HIMSS 14 Annual Conference & Exhibition

February 23-27, 2014

Quality Data Model (QDM) User Group

February 19, 2014

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

The QDM User Group provides input on changes to the QDM. The QDM User Group will meet on Feb. 19, 2014 to address the backlog of existing QDM issues and change requests. If you are interested in participating in the User Group, please contact qdm@mitre.org.

Webcast archive is available

ONC Innovation Exchange: HIPAA 101 for Entrepreneurs, Part II

February 7, 2014

The ONC’s Division of Science & Innovation is hosting a series of Innovation Exchange virtual hangouts to highlight federal regulations, research, and initiatives that are important to Health IT entrepreneurs and developers, and present new opportunities for innovation.

Please note: We’ll have up to 300 audio lines available for this event, on a first come, first served basis. This event will be recorded. Moderator: Geoff Clapp, Co-Founder of Better. Speakers: Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Mark Eichorn, Assistant Director in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission.

Quality Data Model (QDM) Webinar

February 6, 2014

Review plans for updating versions of the QDM and continuation of the QDM User Group.

HCI | DC2014 Health Care Innovation Day

February 6, 2014

ONC co-hosted with the Gary and Mary West Health Institute the fourth annual Health Care Innovation Day, HCI-DC: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park. HCI-DC convened policy makers and the public and private sectors to discuss innovative solutions to our nation’s health care cost challenges and brought government leaders (including some of our ONC colleagues), policy makers, health care advocates, business leaders, business development executives, academics, and product and technology specialists together to drive a conversation on medical interoperability.

In addition to a keynote address from Malcolm Gladwell and our very own National Coordinator, other ONC speakers included Jodi Daniel, Doug Fridsma, and Jacob Reider. Take a look at the agenda for information.

Read the report from Healthcare Innovation Day 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System.

Early Evidence, Future Promise Of Connected Health

February 5, 2014

Remote viewers can watch the event by visiting the HealthAffairs.org event page.

SAFER Webinar

Januruary 30, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator hosted a webinar on January 30, 2014 at 3:00pm-4:30pm EST related to health IT and patient safety. This webinar covered the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. The presenters included Joan Ash, Hardeep Singh, and Dean Sittig – the health IT safety researchers and informatics experts who led the SAFER Guides development.

The SAFER Guides are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas:

  • High Priority Practices
  • Organizational Responsibilities
  • Contingency Planning
  • System Configuration
  • System Interfaces
  • Patient Identification
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support
  • Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up
  • Clinician Communication

The SAFER Guides are based on the best evidence available at this time. Each Guide provides a Checklist for users to assess their organization’s level of implementation. The Guides also include Worksheets which provides the rationale and examples of how to implement each recommended practice. Meaningful Use and/or HIPAA Security Rule requirements are identified in connection with recommend¬ed practices.

The recommended practices in the SAFER Guides are intended to be useful for all EHR users, developers, patient safety organizations, and others who are concerned with optimizing the safe use of health IT. We strongly encourage individuals who use, design, and implement EHRs to view the webinar slides.

View webinar slides [PDF - 2.5 MB]

Listen to the webinar audio [MP3 - 20 MB] or read the webinar transcript [PDF - 230 KB]

ONC Annual Meeting

January 23-24, 2013

ONC hosted its Annual Meeting: “Transforming Healthcare One Connection at a Time” on January 23-24 in Washington, DC.

Introduction to Meaningful Use & ONC Certification Process

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 3pm ET/12pm PT

Join ONC’s Steven Posnack and Practice Fusion's Lauren Fifield to learn more about Meaningful Use (MU) and ONC's Health IT Certification program, and how it will impact the innovation community. Steve and Lauren will discuss the basics of Meaningful Usefrom a developer’s perspective, including the different roles federal agencies play. They will also specifically address parts of MU that impact developers of applications/tools that need access to EHR data, or serve as add-ons to EHR systems. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and learn how these regulations are changing the Health IT landscape!

Webinar on HealthIT and Patient Safety

Friday, January 10, 2014, 1 pm ET

The webinar is based on the guide, “How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health IT” [PDF - 2.3 MB]. This guide is intended to help healthcare organizations lay the foundation for a process to identify health IT hazards, using both internal and external resources, by:

  • identifying five common health IT problems that can contribute to the unsafe use of health IT systems within a complex healthcare environment;
  • examining the role of internal reporting systems to identify and address unsafe scenarios for health IT systems and to continually monitor health IT systems’ safety and make improvements;
  • discussing the role of external reporting programs, such as patient safety organizations (PSOs), and
  • reviewing the role of EHR technology developers in working with healthcare providers and external reporting programs to identify and manage health IT system improvements.

Webinar Audio [MP3 - 162 MB] Webinar Transcript [PDF - 214 KB]

Intro to ECRI Webinar 1/10/14 [PDF - 224 KB]

ONC Webinar: How To Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health IT [PDF - 2.3 MB]

Learn More about ONC’s Proposed Certification Timeline

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 4:30 PM ET

Learn More about ONC’s Proposed Certification Timeline - Read the 3-year ONC Rulemaking Roadmap [PDF - 263 KB]

  • Steve Posnack, Director, Federal Policy Division, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Nora Super, Acting Director, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Innovation Exchange: HIPAA 101 for Entrepreneurs

Friday, December 13, 2013

Read the summit slides [PDF - 997 KB]

Speaker: Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer, ONC

Moderator: Geoff Clapp, Co-Founder, Better

We had an overwhelming response to Friday’s event! Access a recording of the discussion.

Other resources that were discussed:

Economic Evidence for Health IT

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Michael Furukawa, ONC; Jon White, AHRQ

Moderator: Leonard Kish

Consumer Health IT Summit

September 16-20, 2013

Health IT Week

September 16-20, 2013

See a recap from National Health IT Week 2013, September 16-20

CMS/ONC Joint Webinar on Accelerating Health Information Exchange

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 8:30 – 9:30 am EDT

CMS/ONC Joint Webinar on Accelerating Health Information Exchange [PDF - 1.97 MB]

Audio [MP3 - 36.2 MB]

A discussion on how ONC and CMS will be taking actions to accelerate interoperability and health information exchange.

Learn more about Accelerating Health Information Exchange

Health Information Technology: A Building Block to Quality Health Care

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Testimony before the Committee on Finance U.S. Senate: Statement of Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM.
National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [PDF - 302 KB]

Accelerating Blue Button

Monday, July 15, 2013

Accelerating Blue Button [PDF - 4.85 MB]

HHS Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan Webinar

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

HHS Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan Webinar [PDF - 7.71 MB]

ONC Certified HIT

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ONC Certified HIT [PDF - 1.5 MB]

CMS and ONC: eHealth Provider Webinar

Thursday, June 6, 2013

CMS and ONC: eHealth Provider Webinar [PDF - 1.65 MB]

ONC Listening Session: Million Hearts®

Thursday, May 7, 2013, 3:30pm EDT

Read slides from the webinar [PDF - 10 MB]

ONC–CMS Listening Session Accelerating Health Information Exchange

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ONC–CMS Listening Session Accelerating Health Information Exchange [PDF - 1.82 MB]

NYC Celebrates Improved Health through Technology

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9 – 11 a.m. EST

Join Dr. Mostashari in the live webcast of NYC Reach’s celebration of achievements using health information technology to improve care for millions of New Yorkers.

You'll hear success stories of Health IT in the community, recognize our Meaningful Use achievers, and look to the future of Health IT in New York City.

View the webcast

HIE Governance Town Hall

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 3 – 4 p.m. EST

Join Dr Farzad Mostashari and senior staff at ONC for an open listening session on governance of health information exchange. This town hall will provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to describe their experience, practices, issues, priorities, and suggestions regarding HIE governance initiatives.

HIE Governance Town Hall

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Join Dr Farzad Mostashari and senior staff at ONC for an open listening session on governance of health information exchange. This town hall will provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to describe their experience, practices, issues, priorities, and suggestions regarding HIE governance initiatives. A second HIE Governance Town Hall will be held on February 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm EST.

2012 ONC Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Replay all the action from the 2012 ONC Annual Meeting: A Meaningful Foundation for the Future of Healthcare.

Congressional Testimony

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Testimony before e the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation Committee on Science and Technology U.S. House of Representatives: Statement of Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM.
National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [PDF - 98 KB]

Federal Advisory Committee Meetings

View the FACA Meeting Calendar