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Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 31, 2015

Federal health information technology policymakers will turn up the pressure this year on healthcare providers, electronic health-record systems developers and health information- exchange operators to connect their computer systems and share patient data across the nation.

Washington bets $215 million on precision medicine

By Darius Tahir  |  January 31, 2015

The White House last Friday proposed providing $215 million in funding for a sweeping effort involving the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help fulfill the promise of what President...

Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 30, 2015

A new report from the federal health IT coordinator calls for most providers to be able to use their EHR systems to send, receive and use “a common set of electronic clinical information ... at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”

White House proposes $215 million, new regs for precision medicine

White House proposes $215 million, new regs for precision medicine

By Darius Tahir  |  January 30, 2015

The White House is proposing $215 million in new funds and new regulations in a sweeping effort involving the NIH, the FDA and the ONC to help fulfill the promise of what President Barack Obama has termed precision medicine.

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

EHR Stage 3 proposals go to OMB, hint at changes

By Darius Tahir  |  January 07, 2015

Proposed rules for Stage 3 of the meaningful-use program, scheduled to begin in 2017, and rules concerning 2015-certified electronic health-record products, are a step closer to approval.

Groups meet to create 'virtual clipboard' for intake

By Joseph Conn  |  December 13, 2014

Everyone knows the drill of going to the doctor's office or hospital, being handed a clipboard and writing answers to a list of questions about your identity, health status and insurance. Now there's a multistakeholder initiative to automate that process.

HHS will push broader reach for information technology

By Joseph Conn  |  December 08, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has adopted a new strategic plan that seeks to keep up the momentum of health IT adoption while taking steps to improve the penetration of information technology beyond hospitals and physician practices.

New ONC official seeks to balance privacy with data needs

By Joseph Conn  |  November 21, 2014

Lucia Savage, the new chief privacy officer at ONC, said she'll be looking for “the right balance of rules between our need as a society to have better information” to keep costs under control and improve care and protect patient privacy.

DeSalvo will juggle ONC chief, HHS posts

By Joseph Conn  |  November 01, 2014

The nation's chief health information technology officer will continue to serve in that role while also helping lead HHS' public health efforts, including its response to the Ebola virus outbreak, according to an official government blog.

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