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We wanted to give a shout out to some of the staff at the Norman Regional Health System (SMRTNET), the HIE that operates in and around Moore, OK. In particular, we want to send our best wishes to Dr. Brian Yeaman and his staff at NRHS Moore Medical Center. Dr. Yeaman, who was down the road in Norman when the tornado hit, reports that he witnessed “an unbelievable showing of the NRHS medical staff and administration and EMS and our HIT department to respond to such a horrific tragedy. An inspiring effort that naturally synchronized to care for so many injured in the storm. I was the Hospitalist [and he is the CMIO] on call yesterday evening [May 21] and I got to see the amazing team work first hand. Been a tough and busy week, but rewarding! We never lost our network, MMC had no records scattered, everything remained secure, since a central network, when we moved the patients from Moore to our Norman hospitals we didn't miss a beat, we had all the data and MARs etc, just a "transfer" routine was needed. MU in action, HIE in action as well.”
The Beacon Community Experience: Illuminating the Path Forward
This past Wednesday (May 22) members of ONC’s Beacon Community Program met here in Washington to reflect on three years of hard work to increase the quality, efficiency and sustainability of health care through health IT. As part of the final phase of the program, Dr. Mostashari announced Beacon Nation and the first Learning Guide, and expert faculty discussed their experiences to help illuminate the path forward. Watch the videocast and download the Beacon Nation Learning Guides from our website.
Direct Implementation Guide
Earlier today we posted the Direct Implementation Guidelines for Assuring Safety and Interoperability which recommend a common set of policies and practices to make sure that Direct is being implemented in a way that will support vendor-to-vendor exchange. Claudia Williams provides her insight in a blog about the new Guidelines. In addition to the Guidelines, we recently awarded an Exemplar Governance cooperative agreement to DirectTrust, about which Kory Mertz blogs.
See the recently published Care Transition Summary Toolkit related to Meaningful Use Stage 1 Measure – Transition of Care Summary. The toolkit includes a factsheet and checklist to understand how to improve care coordination by using electronic health record (HER) system for generating summary records when there is a “hand off” of care and meet the attestation requirements for Meaningful Use (MU).
To view other NLC resources, vist the EHR implementation lifecycle steps.
We have uploaded for your viewing pleasure a pair of slide shows, which were presented in April. The first walks you through Scalable Trust for Direct and explains how it relates to HISP accreditation and is facilitated by trust bundle exchange. The second will help you understand and leverage Meaningful Use Stage 2 Optional Transports. It will explain the transport requirements and options, as well as describe how vendors and providers benefit from their adoption.
Just another quick reminder that Health Datapalooza IV is just around the corner. Hosted here in Washington in just two weeks, the festivities include an ONC-sponsored Code-a-Palooza with Socrata. This represents the first ever live codeathon at Datapalooza and we think it’s going to be fun!
Ten teams will be selected to compete for $25,000 in prizes and compete to build an app, tool or product that could be directly used by primary care providers and/or their office staff to improve the quality of care they deliver to their patients using Medicare data. We’ll announce the exact topic at the start of Datapalooza on June 3.
The third annual Health Privacy Summit also is taking place here in the District of Columbia next week, June 5 and 6. U.S. Chief Privacy Officer Todd Park will be joined by ONC’s own Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts and the European Union’s Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx. The discussions will be centered around “the challenges of ensuring personal control over health information in the face of rapid global deployment of healthcare IT and online technologies.”