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

By Mike Miliard 02:44 pm December 12, 2014
After a track record of success since it was founded decade ago – including a crucial five years in which it helped the federal EHR incentive program effect huge advances in the IT infrastructure of the U.S. healthcare system – the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seemed to find itself at a crossroads in 2014.
By Erin McCann 02:32 pm December 12, 2014
The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of interoperability, spurring the company, once well known for its mum relationship with the press, to speak up.
By Mike Miliard 02:28 pm December 12, 2014
The mood was hopeful as 2014 dawned. "This is the year," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking in February at HIMSS14 in Orlando as the industry prepared for the kick-off of Stage 2 meaningful use attestations.
Doc at computer
By Mike Miliard 11:01 am December 09, 2014
Flatiron Health, the oncology analytics company, has partnered with Vector Oncology on a new project that lets cancer clinicians view patient-reported symptoms at the point of care.
information highway
By Mike Miliard 12:01 pm December 08, 2014
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday announced the release of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, updating the goals of an initiative most recently published in 2011, when the U.S. healthcare landscape looked much different than it does today.
By John Andrews 02:30 pm December 05, 2014
Hard to believe, but it has been a decade since the George W. Bush administration created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and issued a challenge to the healthcare industry that it should be seamlessly interoperable by the year 2014.
By Tom Sullivan 02:29 pm December 05, 2014
Lucia Savage is joining ONC from UnitedHealthcare, where she was senior associate general counsel, a role that involved supervising a team focused on health information exchange, transparency projects and other data-driven innovations, DeSalvo wrote in an internal e-mail to ONC staff.
By Mike Miliard 02:27 pm December 05, 2014
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 29, it trumpeted the "flexibility" it offered for how providers can use certified electronic health records.
By Mike Miliard 02:26 pm December 05, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data: they're watching, and will step in where necessary.
By Mike Miliard 02:25 pm December 05, 2014
Add this to the list of hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing complaints legions of providers have about the U.S. government's increasingly exasperating meaningful use program.

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