With tweaks to testing procedures and the enforcement of random surveillance checks of health IT, the ONC hopes it will allow health IT developers to focus more on interoperability.
The ONC is shifting away from a focus on meaningful use and toward one centered around data mobility and interoperability as it addresses the 21st Century Cures Act, the agency head said.
Hospitals are on the hook for implementing certified EHRs before the end of the year—and they're dependent on EHR vendors to get them the technology before then.
The ONC wants the privacy notices to help inform consumers about how their health data are being protected and secured by health IT, such as mobile apps.
Coming a month and a half after the ONC named a new national coordinator, Genevieve Morris returns to ONC as its principal deputy national coordinator.
Dr. Donald Rucker has been named head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The Zika virus' spread to the United States motivated a federal initiative to better use health information technology in public health reporting. But an HHS task force is developing recommendations on health IT best practices for public health that will also address other disease outbreaks.
The ONC's push for greater interoperability includes the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition to develop apps for sharing health information.
The encryption-enabled data exchange system holds great promise in simplifying an array of healthcare data transactions on both the business and clinical sides of healthcare—from claims adjudication to precision medicine.
In a final rule released last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will have more oversight of electronic health records and other technologies that store, share and analyze patient information. The rule also gives the ONC the authority to ask developers to...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has finalized a rule giving it more oversight over certifying EHRs and other technologies that store, share and analyze health information for consumers. It also gained the authority to ask developers to pull noncompliant products from the market.
Dr. Vindell Washington, in his first news conference as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, said he will focus on interoperability of electronic health record systems during the remaining months of President Barack Obama's second term.