Category Archives: Health Information Technology

Advancing Patient-Centeredness and Equity through Technology

The other major health care policy legislation enacted within the past two years is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the economic stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The HITECH Act provides up to $30 billion to hospitals, physicians, community health centers and other “eligible providers”. The federal funds will be available through incentive payments paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals and physicians must demonstrate “meaningful use of certified electronic health records” to qualify for the incentive payments. The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is overseeing most of the implementation of the HITECH Act, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

I have compiled some key resources on the implementation of the HITECH Act, with a focus on how it might impact safety net health care providers, and patients and health care consumers, especially from underserved communities.

Send Comment to CMS by September 8 to Support Race and Ethnicity Data Stratification in Medicare Physician Quality Reporting

BACKGROUND The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking public comments on whether physician quality measures from the Physician Quality Reporting System and on the Physician Compare web site should be reported and stratified by patients’ race, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Disparities in Individuals’ Access to and Use of Health IT

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports on data from a national survey regarding patients’ access and use of health information technology (IT).  Among the Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of certified electronic … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Individuals’ Access and Use of Online Electronic Medical Record

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports on data from a national survey regarding patients’ access and use of their online electronic medical records.  Among the Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of certified … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Interoperability Among U.S. Hospitals

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT reports on the interoperability of electronic health record systems at U.S. hospitals based on data from the 2014 American Hospital Association Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.  All non-federal acute … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Health Information Exchange Among U.S. Hospitals

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT reports on health information exchange activities among U.S. hospitals based on data from the 2014 American Hospital Association Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.  All non-federal acute care general medical and … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Adoption of Electronic Health Records Among U.S. Hosptials

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT reports on the adoption of electronic health record systems at U.S. hospitals based on data from the 2014 American Hospital Association Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement. All non-federal acute care … Continue reading

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National Partnership for Women and Families: How Consumers Value and Use Health IT

This policy brief from the National Partnership for Women & Families describes the results of a national survey about how consumers value and use health information technology.  A growing number of consumers are embracing electronic health records (EHRs), and the significant boost … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Defense: Cerner-Led Team Awarded $4.3 Billion Electronic Health Record Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a team led by Cerner, Leidos, and Accenture a $4.3 billion, ten-year contract to modernize its Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application electronic health record system for 9.5 million active military members and … Continue reading

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URGENT: Tomorrow is Deadline for Comments on Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Proposed Rule

BACKGROUND The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has proposed a new regulation that would require electronic health record systems to document and use disaggregated, granular data categories for patients’ race, … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Proposed Rule for 2015 Certification of Health IT

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published this proposed rule for its 2015 certification of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology.   The ONC proposes broadening its certifications beyond what are required for Medicare … Continue reading

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