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.

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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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Certified EHRs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published this proposed rule with Stage 3 requirements for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records under the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health … Continue reading

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National Center for Health Statistics: Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices – United States, 2001-2013

This data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics reports on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among office-based physician practices in the United States.  Among the key findings: In 2013, 78% of office-based physicians used any type … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration: Draft Guidance on Low-Risk General Wellness Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published this draft guidance for its regulation of low-risk general wellness products.  Public comments may be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 20, 2015.  Online comments may be submitted to … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration: Draft Guidance on Medical Device Accessories

The Food and Drug Administration has published a draft guidance for its regulation of medical device accessories.  Public comments may be submitted at any time but are encouraged by April 20, 2015. Online comments may be submitted to the general federal government … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: $28 Million Available to Support Interoperability

After publishing its draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap for public comment last week, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a new funding opportunity of $28 million for ten to twelve grants to states, territories, and … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released this draft Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap for public comment.  The draft Roadmap builds on its vision paper, Connecting Health and Care … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Vision and Draft Roadmap for Nationwide Interoperability

In June 2014, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published this “vision” for nationwide interoperability of health information technology over the next ten years.  The vision paper is still very general (more “guiding principles”, with very broad … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT Policy and Standards Committees: Response to JASON Report

After the publication of the JASON report, the Policy Committee and the Standards Committee of the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology convened a task force to respond to the report.  In October 2014, this joint task force … Continue reading

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