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HHS Wants to Slash ONC Funding by 28% Despite Cures Act Work

March 12, 2019 - In the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget request, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing to cut ONC’s budget by 28 percent, despite its heavy workload in implementing health IT interoperability and other provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released Feb. 11, ONC laid out a series of...


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ONC Proposed Rule ‘Turning Point’ for Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

The ONC proposed rule supporting the use of the Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards for healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) is a “turning point” for...

Broad-based Panel Tackles Healthcare Interoperability Challenges

by Fred Donovan

Timed to coincide with the release of a new report by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a broad-based panel of public and private sector representatives at HIMSS on Thursday tackled the thorny...

ONC Proposes Certification Criteria for Developers of Healthcare APIs

by Fred Donovan

ONC is laying out certification criteria for app developers in developing standardized healthcare APIs to allow individuals to securely access structured and unstructured electronic health information (EHI) using smartphones and other...

AHIMA Warns About Burden on Rural Hospitals from HHS EHR Proposals

by Fred Donovan

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is warning that a number of recommendations in HHS’s draft report Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs...

US Government Shutdown Delays OMB Review of ONC Health IT Rule

by Fred Donovan

The US government shutdown, which is in its fourth week, is likely to further delay an ONC health IT rule being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), observed AMIA Vice President of Public Policy Jeffery Smith. OMB...

ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

ONC has released its updated healthcare interoperability standards, incorporating industry feedback into the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. ONC solicited industry feedback on the draft ISA Reference...

Health IT Advisory Committee Cancels Meeting Due to Shutdown

by Fred Donovan

The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) has cancelled its monthly meeting, scheduled for Jan. 23, due to the US government shutdown, reported Politico. HITAC was established in 2017 under the 21st Century Cures Act to provide...

Burgess Is ‘Extremely Disappointed’ at Information Blocking Rule Delay

by Fred Donovan

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee, said he was “extremely disappointed” that information blocking regulations have not yet been implemented two years...

Implementing 21st Century Cures Act Preoccupies ONC’s Work

by Fred Donovan

The work of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is dominated by implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, particularly in the areas of reducing provider burden and promoting health IT...

Health IT Interoperability Is Common Thread at ONC Annual Meeting

by Fred Donovan

A common theme of Thursday's plenary sessions at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2018 annual meeting was health IT interoperability. HHS Secretary Alex Azar kicked off the meeting,...

HHS Aims to Reduce Burden of Cumbersome Health IT Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

HHS has issued a draft strategy designed to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens, which can make health IT infrastructure, such as electronic health records (EHR), cumbersome to use. Administrative and regulatory requirements...

Artificial Intelligence Requires Broader HIT Infrastructure Talent

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The HIT infrastructure landscape is rapidly changing, and organizations should keep their eyes on artificial intelligence (AI), cultural advancement, and processes becoming products as the result if increased digital capabilities and...

ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum Focuses on FHIR API, Faxes

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum, held this week in Washington, DC, focused on the future of the FHIR API in the healthcare space and the continued use of faxes to exchange health records. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability...

NIH Encourages Broadband Improvements for Rural Healthcare

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Using innovative HIT infrastructure tools to give patients better access to care options, including broadband improvements for telehealth, can help improve the quality of care for cancer patients in rural areas, according to a National...

New IEEE Programs Improve Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) released a collection of work that focus on data privacy as evolving technology puts organizations at risk for more sophisticated cyberattacks. Healthcare data security needs to be at the forefront...

Crowdsourcing Aids Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Advancement

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) is experiencing new advances and is quickly shaping the future of healthcare. Healthcare AI is also redefining how medical research is conducted and how patients are treated. AI’s healthcare...

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