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HIT Policy Committee approves interoperability roadmap recommendations

The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy Committee endorsed the recommendations of its Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup regarding the agency's proposed interoperability roadmap.

Congress to ONC: Focus on interoperability

Congress has made clear that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's priority should be on interoperability, ordering the agency to change how it certifies electronic health records so that non-interoperable products don't make the cut.

ONC strategic plan raises questions about the future of Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated health IT strategic plan, released Dec. 8, is a high-level, ambitious framework for the federal government. It addresses some of the questions the industry has had about the direction of health IT and ONC. It's also an interesting read.

ONC updated HIT plan focuses on interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, released today and spanning from 2015-2020, will focus on the collection, use and sharing of interoperable health information.

ONC: Incentive payments top reason docs adopt EHRs

Meaningful Use incentive payments have been the top driver of physicians' transitions to electronic health records over the past five years, according to a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

HIT powerhouses join forces to accelerate data sharing

Health Level Seven International (HL-7), in coordination with several EHR vendors and providers, has launched a project to advance Fast Health Interoperability Resources and improve data sharing.

JASON report: 'Learning health system' must go beyond EHR interoperability

The healthcare system needs to focus on health of individuals, not the care they receive, to create a culture of health, according to a new report from JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.

RAND: HIEs are still 'experiments' in need of further study

The jury is still out as to whether health information exchanges (HIEs) are delivering as promised, since it appears that very few of them have been evaluated, according to a new study published in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

Why we should give thanks for Meaningful Use

As the editor of  FierceEMR,  I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.

Health systems move to solve data exchange problems on their own

Providers, apparently tired of waiting for vendors or the government to help foster data exchange, are taking matters into their own hands and designing their own solutions to achieve interoperability.