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CMS, ONC Unveil Electronic Health Record Support Tool and Contracting Guide for Clinicians

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released an electronic health record support tool and EHR contracting guide to help clinicians assess their respective organizations’ requirements. National Health IT Coordinator Vindell Washington and acting CMS Director and Andy Slavitt wrote in a post published …

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ONC Opens Comment Period on Draft 2017 Health IT Interoperability Standards

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks public comments on a draft set of standards and implementation specifications meant to help the healthcare sector address interoperability issues between clinical IT systems. Steven Posnack, director of ONC’s Office of Standards and Technology and Chris Muir, director of the HIT Infrastructure …

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Reports: Karen DeSalvo Resigns as ONC Chief, Vindell Washington Named Successor

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Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has resigned from the post to focus on her duties as the Department of Health and Human Services‘ acting assistant secretary for health, Politico reported Friday. Darius Tahir writes Vindell Washington, ONC principal deputy national coordinator, will succeed DeSalvo as agency …

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HHS Issues Guide to Protect Electronic Health Info from Ransomware

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The Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidance to help healthcare organizations protect electronic health information systems from ransomware attacks. HHS’ civil rights office developed the guidance to identify electronically-protected health information threats, mitigate the identified risks, implement security procedures, train users to detect malware, control ePHI access …

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ONC Seeks Ideas on Blockchain Application to Health IT

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a white paper solicitation on the use of blockchain technology in health IT applications in a move to address security, privacy and scalability needs in electronic health record management. ONC said Thursday it plans to award $1,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes to as …

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HHS Adds 9 Members to Health IT Advisory Committees

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The Department of Health and Human Services has elected new members to the department’s Health Information Technology Standards Committee and Health Information Technology Policy Committee. HITSC recommends standards, implement specifications and confirm criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health data while HITPC suggest policies for the adoption of a …

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HHS’ ONC to Require Health IT Cost & Limitation Disclosures From Developers

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The Department of Health and Human Services‘ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released updated transparency requirements that obligate health IT providers to file full disclosures on product costs and limitations. ONC Policy Office Director Elise Sweeney Anthony and Steven Posnack, standards and technology lead, co-wrote in a blog …

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GSA to Assign New Special Item Number for Health IT Under Schedule 70; Roya Konzman Comments

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The General Services Administration plans to designate a new special item number for health information technology services under the agency’s Information Technology Schedule 70 acquisition vehicle, Federal Times reported Monday. Carten Cordell writes government agencies will have access to health IT services under 132-56 SIN. Roya Konzman, senior IT specialist at GSA, told Federal …

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