New this week on HealthIT.gov
In This Issue
- Interoperability trainings
- New on the Buzz blog
- New infographic
- Unintended consequences of HIE
- 2014 Edition Test Method
- Decision Support Systems Help Clinicians, Families Use HPV Vaccine
The weekend is upon us again. We at ONC would like to be outside, enjoying the summer in springtime, but we have work to do and we bet you do too.
To ease the burden, a little, we have posted new tools to help you move your practice or hospital toward interoperability. We have added patient and family engagement and public health interoperability trainings to the three online tools already on HealthIT.gov: interoperability basics, interop and transitions of care and interop and lab exchange. Hopefully, you will find these useful.
The tools are available on our Health Information Exchange pages. This completes the suite of interoperability modules that you will need to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use.
We had three new blog posts this week, check 'em out because at least one may be of interest to you.
Tracy Okubo, on ONC's HIE team, wrote about how she uses an EHR to help her manage her lupus.
Tapping into the crowd sourcing phenomenon, ONC's Adam Wong lays out the details of a new app challenge calling on developers to create tools for Cancer survivors.
Finally, earlier today, we posted a story from Bebet Navia, an RN with the New Jersey REC, about the importance of using EHRs to coordinate care with behavioral health organizations.
In case you missed it, we released a new infographic summing up ONC’s record of progress. Please take a look and share with your friends!
Based on empirical evidence, a health information exchange literature review, and their own experience, the HIE workgroup identified seven categories of potential unintended consequences associated with HIE. The panel suggested mitigating strategies to strengthen health information exchange. ONC leaders are now considering the findings and will decide the next steps in light of existing efforts and budget.
Please keep an eye out for the most recent Test Method updates on our 2014 Testing and Certification webpage.
Providing families and clinicians with information to support decisions about starting and completing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series increases appropriate use of the vaccine. The HPV vaccine is effective in preventing some types of cervical cancer and requires a total of three shots given over six months. A study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality evaluated the impact of education and electronic alerts on vaccination rates. Electronic alerts for clinicians were most likely to impact delivery of the first shot, while education and reminders for families were tied to receipt of shots two and three.
“The Implementation and Acceptability of an HPV Vaccination Decision Support System Directed at Both Clinicians and Families,” appeared in the 2012 AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings.
Select to access this abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
“Effectiveness of Decision Support for Families, Clinicians, or Both on HPV Vaccine Receipt” appeared in the May issue of Pediatrics.Select to access this abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/