New This Week on HealthIT.gov
In This Issue:
- Providers are using Health IT and EHRs
- Disparities report
- New videos
- Unintended consequences of HIT
- State HIE and Transitions of Care considerations
- Meaningful Use attestation
- 2014 Edition Test Method
As we get ready for Mother's Day weekend, we have a variety of new tools, reports and information on HealthIT.gov for you to peruse at your leisure.
More and more eligible providers and hospitals are using Health IT than ever before. We have just posted a new infographic that shows some detail of that usage – and how many are getting help from their regional extension centers. The information in the new infographic comes from a recent CMS-ONC fact sheet.
National Minority Health Month is over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. Patients who live in lower socio-economic circumstances experience disparities in healthcare access and quality. Our research suggests that health information technology has the potential to help alleviate these problems. Read our Buzz blog post about the research.
A trio of new video clips walk you through the basic concepts of the Health Level 7 (HL7) Consolidated-CDA standard and how it can be used to meet 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria in support of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The videos review core features of the standard, requirements placed upon the use of the standard by certification criteria, as well as the nuts and bolts of how certification testing is performed for these certification criteria.
As part of ONC’s contract on the Unintended Consequences of Health IT and Health Information Exchange (HIE), two work groups were convened to help inform ONC’s thinking and improve stakeholder understanding and awareness about the potential unintended consequences of health IT and HIE. The final reports are now available on ONC’s website.
Based on empirical evidence and research literature on consumer eHealth, the work group identified potential unintended consequences associated with consumer eHealth and offered “strategies for success” and “questions for further research” to advance consumer eHealth. The final report summarizes the literature on the substantial benefits of consumer eHealth as context for understanding the inevitable, if not always expected, challenges that arise when potentially powerful new health IT is used to help empower and engage patients and their caregivers.
The State HIE Program has released Key Considerations for Health Information Organizations Supporting Meaningful Use Stage 2 Transitions of Care. This document provides options and recommendations for organizations seeking to support eligible providers in this key measure.
HIT Refresh! The latest 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation data is now available on the HealthIT.gov Dashboard.
Also, please look for the most recent Test Method updates on our 2014 Testing and Certification web page.