The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

By Hamid Tabatabaie 09:39 am November 25, 2015
ONC has a 10-year plan for interoperability. For some observers outside the health IT sector, that may seem like too long to wait. But one vendor who's been "fighting the interoperability battle" for eight years so far says that sounds about right.
By D'Arcy Gue 02:59 pm November 23, 2015
On the face of it, the use of computers to order prescriptions seems like a no-brainer. Who, after all, is capable of reading a physician's handwriting? But if we set aside clichés, there is still this question: Does e-prescribing provide distinct benefits over handwritten patient prescriptions?
By John Halamka 09:09 am November 18, 2015
As expected, John Halamka, MD, received a large number of comments on his post about his suggestions for the path to meaningful use. In this follow-up, he continues the dialog.
By John Halamka 09:18 am November 11, 2015
Recognizing that "there are many who will find my conclusions politically unpopular," Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, offers his assessment of the meaningful use program, and a counterproposal he says will better serve stakeholders.
By Carol Robinson 09:10 am September 10, 2015
The health IT community lost a friend, guru and catalyst for collaboration driving a movement toward unified and distributed governance to guarantee a vigorous health information supply chain. Let's honor his audacious vision.
By Tom Sullivan 07:56 am August 07, 2015
There's a lot to be gleaned from tactics the Defense Department employed when announcing its EHR contract. Other federal agencies should be paying attention.
By Frank Ingari 10:41 am July 28, 2015
Here's a hint: MA is the only national program that engages payers, providers and consumers to support all three elements of the Triple Aim.
By Irv Lichtenwald 12:56 pm July 22, 2015
The information has to be there. It has to be accurate. And someone has to take action. This definition of accountability, which healthcare currently grapples with and must find a way to realize, is not possible without technology.
By David Harlow 11:42 am July 20, 2015
Tucked into the FDA innovations of the 21st Century Cures Act recently passed by the House of Representatives and sent over to the Senate is a subtitle on interoperability.
By Irv Lichtenwald 12:53 pm June 11, 2015
Looking to dupe urbanite travelers, bartenders and bar owners in rural Western taverns sometimes fasten antelope horns to the head of a large jackrabbit, and mount it over the bar. So, are we having a jackalope moment in health IT? Do we believe in something we can't see?

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