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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.

HIEs coming of age and proving their worth

By Joseph Conn  |  September 17, 2016

The wobbly credibility of third-party health information exchange organizations got a boost last week after Texas Health Resources signed up to share patient data in a highly competitive healthcare market.

Q&A: 'Always put the consumer and consumer protection first'

Q&A: 'Always put the consumer and consumer protection first'

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 03, 2016

Dr. Karen DeSalvo stepped down last month as chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. DeSalvo recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about her nearly three years leading the ONC, which made her the longest-serving person in that role.

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

By Erica Teichert  |  August 13, 2016

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.

Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC, but will stay at HHS

Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC, but will stay at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  August 13, 2016

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, last week stepped down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official.

DeSalvo to leave ONC but will stay at HHS

DeSalvo to leave ONC but will stay at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  August 11, 2016

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, is stepping down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official. Dr. Vindell Washington is taking over as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

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