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Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

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Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the comin ...

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the coming year (and beyond). Several key reports have come out – mostly from government sources – which are worth serious consideration for any Health IT planner:

HHS Public Health 3.0 White Paper: This seminal paper sets the stage for ongoing maturation of the public health infrastructure and capability at all levels of government to continue to assure the public’s health.

ONC 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory: Now in its third year, this material gets longer and longer, and more and more complex each time. The current incarnation is a navigable website chock full of standards, though you can still download a PDF by clicking on the “2017 ISA Reference Edition” or “ISA 2017” links.

ONC 2016 Report to Congress on Health IT Progress: This HITECH-required report updates Congress about progress during the past year. While it is a really good summary of recent and current activities and initiatives, it only deals with what is really going on (or not going on) on the ground in a cursory way.

National Governors Association Road Map for States to Improve Health Information Flow Between Providers: A very detailed report aimed at State policy makers with clear guidance – and lots of examples – to try to move interoperability forward at the State level.

There are no easy answers here, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the information presented in these reports. But they cannot be ignored and can help form the basis of a solid organizational or governmental strategy.

Dr. Arzt Appointed to ONC HITPC/HITSC Public Health Task Force

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Dr. Arzt Appointed to ONC HITPC/HITSC Public Health Task Force

Dr. Noam Arzt, president and founder of HLN, has been appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Health Information Technology (ONC) Poli ...

Dr. Noam Arzt, president and founder of HLN, has been appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Health Information Technology (ONC) Policy Committee (HITPC)/Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) Public Health Task Force. It’s overall charge is to, “make recommendations to help inform public health issues and challenges related to health IT.” More specifically, the Task Force will initially, “Make specific recommendations to better assist in the standardization of pregnancy status data, clinical decision support in health IT systems, and case management in public health settings—which are important components to addressing many public health challenges.”

Task for recommendations to the HITPS/HITSC are expected in April 2017.

Consumer Access to Health Care Data: Still a Challenge

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Consumer Access to Health Care Data: Still a Challenge

Consumers continue to be frustrated with lack of access to their healthcare data, even as wearables and other consumer-targeted devices and services continue to sprout. Recently, O ...

Consumers continue to be frustrated with lack of access to their healthcare data, even as wearables and other consumer-targeted devices and services continue to sprout. Recently, ONC launched a Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge to spur the development of new applications and partnerships to provide aggregated health data to patients. While the financial “prize” for this effort is meager, recognition by ONC might be the real brass ring. This challenge focuses on the use of FHIR exclusively to support interoperability between systems and present data to consumers. I suspect that applicants will have some trouble meeting the requirements of the challenge effectively, and this is indicative of the broader challenge in supporting this type of data access.

New ONC Report: Key Considerations for HIE-based Personal Health Records

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New ONC Report: Key Considerations for HIE-based Personal Health Records

In September 2015 ONC released a new report based on the activities of the HIE Personal Health Record (PHR) Community of Practice. The information is interesting and relevant to II ...

In September 2015 ONC released a new report based on the activities of the HIE Personal Health Record (PHR) Community of Practice. The information is interesting and relevant to IIS as they contemplate patient/consumer access to their systems.

HLN has also done some work in this area (see bottom of this page).

ONC Interoperability Roadmap Released

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ONC Interoperability Roadmap Released

ONC released the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap in October 2015 after an initial draft release for comment in January 2015. Dr. Arzt, President of HLN, was a member of the ONC ...

ONC released the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap in October 2015 after an initial draft release for comment in January 2015. Dr. Arzt, President of HLN, was a member of the ONC team that drafted this important report.