Not-So-Hidden Gems in the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule: Get to Know the Conditions of Certification
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by Steven Posnack
1M ago
Don’t get me wrong, the information blocking regulations are important, but let’s not forget that the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and our implementing regulations (Cures Act Final Rule) had a few other impactful provisions. In particular, certain changes to the ONC Health IT Certification Program may seem like “more of the same” for health IT developers, but in reality they are really important and beneficial to clinicians, researchers, and the public alike. Two new education resources are now available specifically geared toward these audiences to describe “what the rule says” and what ..read more
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Back to the Future: What Predictive Decision Support Can Learn from DeLoreans and The Big Short
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by Kathryn Marchesini
1M ago
In the third blog in our series on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-driven predictive models (data analytics tool or software) in health care, we discussed some potential risks (sometimes referred to as model harms) related to these emerging technologies and how these risks could lead to adverse impacts or negative outcomes. Given these potential risks, some have questioned whether they can trust the use of these technologies in health care. We are encouraged to see that some stakeholders are demonstrating that a predictive model is fair, The post Back to the Future: What ..read more
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Guiding Developers through Foundational Federal Laws Applicable to Mobile Health Technology
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by Kathryn Marchesini
2M ago
As you design, market, and distribute a mobile health (mHealth) app that your customers will use to collect, share, use, or maintain individuals’ health information, it is likely you have questions about what U.S. federal laws apply. You may also wonder which federal agencies oversee various aspects of mHealth — including how this varies by how individuals, their health plan, or health care providers will use the app.  Depending on who is expected to use an app and how they will get and use the app (e.g., The post Guiding Developers through Foundational Federal Laws Applicable to Mobile H ..read more
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Addressing Evolving Health Information Technology Needs in Pediatric Care: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Informational Resource (IR)
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by LaVerne Perlie
2M ago
Hot off the presses, the Pediatric Health Information Technology: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Informational Resource (NAS IR) [PDF – 808 KB] is a new resource from ONC to support pediatric care and practice settings specific to neonatal abstinence syndrome. The NAS IR builds upon prior efforts included in the ONC Pediatric Health Information Technology Informational Resources (IR) for health IT developers and for health care providers, and includes information about the implementation of health IT and its use as part of delivering health care to infants experiencing withdrawal after maternal ..read more
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HITAC Recommendations on ONC Adopted Standards
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by Mike Berry
3M ago
The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) recently submitted their final report and recommendations related to ONC adopted standards and implementation specifications referenced in federal regulations. The report and recommendations are based on the work of the HITAC’s 2022 Adopted Standards Task Force and are responsive to a 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) (42 U.S. Code § 300jj–13) provision that requires the national coordinator to convene stakeholders to review the existing set of adopted standards and implementation specifications and make recommendations with respect ..read more
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Actionable ways to meet the 2015 Edition Cures Update requirements
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by Laura M. Urioste
3M ago
The 2015 Edition Cures Update made several changes to the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Certification Program), including new functionalities; new, removed, and revised criteria; and new requirements establishing the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification. This means that most health IT developers of certified health IT (certified health IT developers) will be required to update their certified Health IT Modules by December 31, 2022. As we approach this deadline, it is important to remember that meeting the Certification Program requirements and avoiding non-conformities is up to e ..read more
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OSTP, in Partnership with ONC, Seeks Input on Optimizing Data Capture for Clinical Trials
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by Micky Tripathi
3M ago
This blog post is co-authored with Jennifer Roberts, Assistant Director for Health Technologies, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Grail Sipes, Assistant Director for Biomedical Regulatory Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for a coordinated clinical trials enterprise, one that can swiftly characterize emerging viral threats and evaluate the effectiveness of vaccines, therapeutics, and other countermeasures across a diversity of trial participants. The post OSTP, in Partnership with ONC, Seeks Input on ..read more
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Where APIs meet Health Equity by Design: Introducing the FHIRedApp Health Innovation
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by Ali Massihi
3M ago
With a heightened focus on health equity throughout our work, ONC has adopted the concept of “health equity by design.” Along those lines, health IT can, and should, be used to better identify and mitigate disparities while enhancing opportunities for underrepresented populations. In 2019, under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) for Health IT program, ONC funded the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School (Dell Med) to design, The post Where APIs meet Health Equity by Design: Introducing the FHIRedApp Health Innovation appeared first on Health IT Buzz ..read more
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Interoperability in Action: CMS Rule Builds on ONC Initiatives to Simplify Health Information Exchange
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by Alex Baker
4M ago
On August 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced final changes to its payment program for acute care hospitals in 2023. The FY 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule also included policies for the 2023 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, which rewards eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) for the meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology, and for the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, which requires hospitals to report data in key areas.   The post Interoperability in Acti ..read more
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Top Three Themes from ONC’s Electronic Health Information Sharing Workshop
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by Amanda Woodhead
4M ago
ONC recently held a health care provider-focused workshop and guided discussion on opportunities and challenges related to sharing electronic health information (EHI). More than 200 people involved with utilizing health information technology (health IT) to share EHI participated in the half-day workshop. They also provided perspectives on October 6, 2022, when the definition of “information blocking” no longer limits its focus to the subset of EHI represented by data elements in the United States Core Data for Interoperability version 1 (USCDI v1). The post Top Three Themes from ONC’s Electro ..read more
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