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FDA, hospitals to examine how IT collides with financial incentives
By Darius Tahir | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Representatives of hospitals and the Food and Drug Administration will examine whether various technologies are effective in keeping patients out of the hospital at the upcoming ECRI Institute annual conference in Washington.
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Era of medical-device tracking finally arrives
By Jaimy Lee | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medical-device manufacturers say it makes no sense to mark their products with unique identification numbers since hospitals and other healthcare providers are not required to use the system. But that's no longer true, at least for some devices.
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Lucia Savage named new chief privacy officer at ONC
Modern Healthcare | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lucia Savage, 52, will be chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, replacing Joy Pritts, effective Oct. 20.
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News
ONC appoints new privacy chief
By Darius Tahir | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced Tuesday that Lucia Savage, formerly a lawyer with insurer UnitedHealthcare, will become the office's new chief privacy officer. She will join the agency Oct. 20.
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ONC official says high cost of EHR data-sharing harms competition
By Darius Tahir | October 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concerns about electronic health-record interoperability and data-sharing, the expense of such sharing and the impact of large players in dominating the market all were raised by an ONC official during a presentation Friday at an Alexandria, Va., conference.
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ONC report confirms struggles on EHR interoperability
By Darius Tahir | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare information-sharing is largely stuck in neutral, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report on electronic health-record adoption, released Thursday.
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ONC roadmap on interoperability being unveiled Oct. 15, DeSalvo says
Joseph Conn | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A first draft of a federal roadmap to interoperability of health IT systems will be released in mid-October, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, told American Health Information Management Association members Monday.
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Fridsma leaving ONC to become president, CEO at AMIA
Joseph Conn | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Doug Fridsma, chief science officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, has been named president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Bethesda, Md.-based not-for-profit organization and the federal agency have announced.
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Vital Signs
Consumer access to online health data spotty, usage low
Darius Tahir | September 15, 2014
Only about 1 of every 4 consumers has online access to their medical records with less than half of that group using such access, according to a report released Monday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
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Magazine
ONC scraps proposed 2015 Edition EHR testing criteria
Joseph Conn | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has thrown out its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria to prepare electronic health-record vendors for coming EHR requirements.
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