New This Week on HealthIT.gov
National Health IT Week Recap
- Defining Interoperability
- Meaningful Consent
- New Infograhic and Fact Sheets
- Blue Button
- Health IT in Rural Settings
- CAH Data Brief
- Test EHR Pilot
Welcome back! As we try and slide into what hopes to be a non-eventful, quite and cool Fall weekend, we wanted to recap the 2013 National Health IT week highlights.
If you blinked, you may have missed something important:
Let’s break it down: Ten blogs, two in-person conferences, an infographic, a “whiteboard” video, multiple new and updated web pages packed with content about “meaningful consent,” Blue Button, rural health. Whew!
If you happened to log on to www.healthit.gov this week you may have noticed a flurry of activity around the issue of interoperability.
Achieving Health IT interoperability depends on five elements:
- Adoption and Optimization of EHRs and HIE services
- Standards to Support Implementation and Certification
- Financial and Clinical Incentives
- Privacy and Security
- Rules of Engagement or Governance
To learn more, please take a look at our two blogs on the subject at www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog (Sept. 17 and 18), the whiteboard video and new fact sheet.
Our privacy and security team authored a post, published on the Health Affairs blog, which includes an in-depth description of how we are working to build trust through “meaningful consent.”
And on our website, we launched new pages that explain: “As eHealth Information Exchange increases, patient trust in HIEs must be ensured and patients may more often be asked to make a “consent decision.” This consent decision concerns the sharing and accessing of the patient’s health information through an HIE for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes.”
Everybody seems to like infographics, so we unveiled a new one this week that shows recent stats on providers’ perceptions about how EHRs figure into clinical benefits, practice efficiency and their bottom line.
We also posted three new fact sheets about “Meaningful Consent,” interoperability and one that takes a look at how technology can help patients.
In case you missed it, new and updated content about Blue button has been posted on HealthIT.gov. Take a look, take the pledge and join the movement!
Looking for guidance on Health IT in Rural settings? Look no further with the 6 steps for How to Implement EHRs for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals.
- Step 1: Assess Your Organization Readiness
- Step 2: Plan Your Approach
- Step 3: Select or Upgrade to Certified EHR
- Step 4: Conduct Training & Implement an EHR System
- Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use
- Step 6: Continue Quality Improvement
The six steps outlined provide information about how to complete each step in the EHR Implementation process along with relevant resources and tools. Click on each step to get detailed information from start to finish for an EHR implementation.
The folks at our Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation and Modeling also were busy publishing a new Data Brief on the progress our rural providers are making toward Meaningful Use Stage 1. Worth a read!
Finally, this week, we launched the Test EHR Pilot Program on September 20, 2013. Pilot participants were selected from those that met the technical requirements for the pilot, and submitted letter of intent to ONC. ONC and CMS will finalize the program requirements, once the pilot is completed. The pilot will run through October 2013.
The following organizations are members of the Pilot Program: