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ONC tells House committee it has IT safety center authority
By Darius Tahir | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is defending its right to create a health IT safety center, in a response sent this week to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which had questioned its authority to do so.
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Light touch regulatory scheme seems likely
By Joseph Conn | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers that heavily invested in health information technology, along with the developers of those systems, will likely feel only a light regulatory touch from federal agencies seeking to devise a framework for patient-safety oversight and monitoring of those systems, recent...
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ONC panel backs Health IT Safety Center
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ONC's policy advisory committee voted Tuesday to endorse recommendations from a workgroup for a proposed Health IT Safety Center, a cornerstone of a regulatory plan to oversee the health IT sector.
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Critics worry health IT regulatory plan is already outdated
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The long road toward creating a new health-information technology regulatory system passed another milestone at the stroke of midnight July 7, as comments closed for the administration's proposed new framework for overseeing the sector. The comments revealed some surprising positions on the issue,...
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ONC releases updates to EHR testing program
By Joseph Conn | July 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the latest updates to its program to test and certify complete and modular electronic health-record systems for the federal EHR incentive-payment program.
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ONC's Pritts says feds have put more muscle behind privacy protection
By Joseph Conn | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Joy Pritts steps down this month after 4 years as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, she'll leave convinced the feds have put extra oomph into privacy protection.
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ONC's director for patient-centered IT adoption to leave
By Joseph Conn | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Lygeia Ricciardi is stepping down from her role leading the patient-oriented health information technology promotion efforts for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, including its work promoting the federal Blue Button initiative.
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Feds to weight value in more flexible approach to quality measures
By Joseph Conn | June 19, 2014
The feds have taken several steps—not all forward ones—on a new path toward greater flexibility in their approach to using clinical quality measures as meaningful-use criteria, according to Dr. Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator for health information technology at HHS. And it...
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ONC looks to new, more flexible approach on EHR quality improvement
By Joseph Conn | June 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal health information technology policymakers are looking to transition away from requiring providers to meet a specific batch of clinical quality measures to a more flexible approach that includes crediting providers for their own quality-improvement programs.
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Pritts to step down as ONC privacy chief
By Joseph Conn | June 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Joy Pritts, the nation's first chief privacy officer at HHS, will step down in July, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced.
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