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ONC eases EHR certification requirements

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  September 21, 2017

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.

ONC taps Morris for deputy IT role

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  May 12, 2017

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.

Former Siemens exec named to head ONC

Former Siemens exec named to head ONC

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  April 01, 2017

Dr. Donald Rucker has been named head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Plans readied for boosting IT's role in public health reporting

By Joseph Conn  |  March 15, 2017

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.

App developers compete for ONC's $50,000 prize

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  February 28, 2017

The ONC's push for greater interoperability includes the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition to develop apps for sharing health information.

Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes?

Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes?

By Joseph Conn  |  November 05, 2016

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.

ONC finalizes rule giving more oversight of EHRs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

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...

ONC finalizes rule giving it more oversight of EHRs

ONC finalizes rule giving it more oversight of EHRs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 14, 2016

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.

New ONC chief will continue push for interoperability

New ONC chief will continue push for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  September 19, 2016

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.

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