Patients & Families

  1. The Future
    of Meaningful Use

    Learn about the final rules for Stage 2 of meaningful use.

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  2. Win Cash Prizes for 
    Innovations in Health IT

    Health IT developer contests are designed to improve the health care of all Americans through prizes and challenges that celebrate innovation.

    Win Cash Prizes for  Innovations in Health IT
  3. Connecting America's Communities:
    The Power of Health Information Exchange

    Health information exchange is connecting patients and doctors to a healthier future.

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  4. Shaping the 
    Health IT Landscape

    Learn about the two Federal advisory committees created to provide input on the policies and technologies needed to improve health and care.

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Recent Updates

SAFER Guides

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Based on existing research, expert opinion, stakeholder engagement, and field work, the SAFER Guides are a set of evidence-based guides and self-assessment tools designed to help health care organizations assess and optimize health IT safety in critical areas.

Read the SAFER guides

Catalyst for Interoperability and Exchange

This brief examines the relationship between Beacon Communities and EHR vendors. As Beacon Communities work on patient information exchange, it has been found that EHR vendors are an important partner in achieving exchange of data.

Read the brief [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Health IT Certification Bodies and Test Labs Accredited

Health IT Certification Bodies and Test Labs accredited for participation in the ONC Permanent Certification Program. Certification Bodies must be authorized by ONC.

Read more about the Permanent Certification Program

ONC to Release CHPL Version 2.1

Early Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) releases Version 2.1 of the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL). This CHPL “dot release” introduces new and improved features. The most notable enhancement is new functionality supporting “Hybrid” Certification.

Visit the CHPL for this and other new features

Individuals' Access to Their Own Health Information

This brief reviews how legislative milestones and federal and private industry efforts have been major driving forces to realizing the goal of individuals having access to electronic copies of their health information.

Read the data brief [PDF - 580 KB]

Committee News

Federal Advisory Committees (FACAs)

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ONC provides support to two Federal advisory committees. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act created the committees to provide input on the policies and technologies needed to improve health and care. They provide a direct means for private and public sector health IT leaders as well as the public to provide input to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

View the schedule of meetings

Learn more about the Health IT Policy Committee

Learn more about the Health IT Standards Committee

Behavioral Health Technical Expert Panel

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are jointly sponsoring a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) whose goal is to identify and make recommendations related to the development of potential Behavioral Health Clinical Quality Measures. Convening the TEP is one important step in advocating for patients with behavioral health needs and supporting a measure development process that ensures transparency and allows an opportunity to obtain balanced, multi-stakeholders input.

Learn more about the Behavioral Health TEP

Read the Action Plan for Improving Access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs [PDF - 337 KB]

Health IT Initiatives

Global Evaluation Quarterly Report Q1 2012

This summary supports the global assessment by synthesizing in one place selected statistics and activity reports relating to implementation of HITECH. It is developed quarterly and reflects information made available between January 2, 2012 and March 30, 2012. The list is not meant to be exhaustive but to reflect a subset of reports and activities on the ONC or CMS web site, in selected documents that are referenced in the reports ONC receives daily as part of its communications monitoring, and selected other activities of which we are aware.

Read the report [PDF - 537 KB]

The Evolution of the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program: State Plans to Enable Robust Health Information Exchange

This issue brief documents the historical context for the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program and assesses the status of the program one year after its initiation. In preparing this document, the team used information gathered from existing literature, program documentation, and conversations with key program stakeholders to trace the history of federal initiatives to promote HIE in the United States. The team ultimately focused on the evolution of the State HIE Program since it became part of federal law, and offered insight on the potential of the program to influence the HIE landscape.

Read the report [PDF - 467 KB]

Technology & Certification

The Certified Health IT Products List

A list of certified EHR technology, called the Certified Health IT Product List, or CHPL, is the sole authoritative, comprehensive list of complete EHRs and EHR modules that have been tested and certified under the TCP.

There are now more than 500 certified products listed on the CHPL, which is updated as new products are certified. Providers are encouraged to check the CHPL or contact their vendor to verify that their EHR technology has been certified. Browse the CHPL.

ONC – ACBs make certification determinations for Health IT Modules based on test results supplied by ATLs. Once the Health IT Modules have been certified, the ONC-ACB submits the product information to ONC for posting on the CHPL. More on the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

Meaningful Use

Grids for Meaningful Use and 2014 Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule

To help individuals navigate the Meaningful Use and Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rules, ONC developed grids to provide an overview of meaningful use objectives mapped to the 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria. See the grids for 2014 Edition Certification criteria mapped to meaningful use Stage 2 objectives [DOCX - 124 KB] and mapped to meaningful use Stage 1 objectives [DOCX - 107 KB].