The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued its weekly update on health information technology (HIT) issues. A copy of the update is below, and you can access additional information using the links in the update.
What's Happening in Health IT
IN THIS ISSUE
Connecting Public Health Information Systems and Health Information Exchange Organizations: Lessons from the Field As one option to achieve interoperability and reduce redundant electronic connections, many states and communities are using health information exchange (HIE) organizations to mediate connections to public health information systems. This report identifies the real-world experiences and best practices across the United States in connecting public health information systems and HIE organizations. Read the Connecting Public Health Information Systems and Health Information Exchange Organizations: Lessons from the Field Report.
New Data on the Adoption and Use of Health IT in Skilled Nursing Facilities A new report from ONC highlights nationally representative metrics on electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange among skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). A majority (64%) of SNFs reported having an EHR in 2016. Moreover, three in ten SNFs exchanged (electronically sent or received) key clinical health information and nearly two-thirds of SNFs had information electronically available from outside sources at the point of care. For more statistics, read New Data on Skilled Nursing Facilities Use of Electronic Health Records Establish the Path for Progress.
Upcoming Health IT Events & Deadlines
SEPTEMBER 29: 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Meeting #2 – Webinar Only ONC is hosting the second 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement via webinar. Space is limited so sign up today! Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm ET Register: 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Meeting #2
Other Health IT Updates
OCR: Access to your Health Information is your Right Last week, OCR launched a new campaign “Information is Powerful Medicine. Get it. Check it. Use it.” Visit HHS’s Right to Access Page for easy to understand guides, videos, and infographics to help patients request their health information, check to ensure their health information is correct and complete, and share information with those you as the patient want so you can help yourself and others.