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Three ways ONC can improve healthcare interoperabilityThe American Medical Informatics Associations says interoperability has fallen off as a priority at the ONC. Here are its top recommendations to the organization.
How to eliminate EHR-based medical errors
How to eliminate EHR-based medical errorsWhat can be done to make the software safer for patients?
Karen B. DeSalvo on the top tech changes health execs should watch
Karen B. DeSalvo on the top tech changes health execs should watchKaren B. DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, gives the best courses of action for top technology challenges and opportunities facing healthcare executives.
New rule would give ONC power to better enforce EHR certificationThe federal government announced Tuesday proposed rules that would give its Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Technology (ONC) greater oversight to ensure that certified electronic health records (EHR) can actually fulfill the functions physicians need them to, especially when it comes to interoperability.
Five private sector interoperability initiatives to watchHere are some innovative ways EHR vendors are working to expand interoperability for providers and payers
ONC aims for improved interoperability by 2017The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) is aiming for better national interoperability by 2017.
ONC must decertify closed-platform EHR systems, Congress demands
ONC must decertify closed-platform EHR systems, Congress demandsCongress urges the ONC to certify only products that “clearly meet current meaningful use program standards and that do not block health information exchange.”
EHR financial incentives are working to speed adoptionFifty-one percent of physicians cite financial incentives or penalties as a possible driver for them to make adopt EHRs.
IT leaders call for DeSalvo’s replacement at ONCThe health IT leaders point to multiple leadership changes within the ONC that add to possible instability in the agency.
CCHIT set to close its operationsThe Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced that it will end all of its business operations by November 14.