What's Happening in Health IT
In This Issue
- Obesity Challenge Webinar
- Broadband Grants, Loans and Subsidies for Rural Hospitals Webinar
- Provider Experiences with HIE: Key Findings from a Six-State Review
- APP Factory Call for Proposals
- Health IT Safety Webinar Series
- Federal Advisory Committee Schedule Week of June 22 (all times EDT)
- Corrections to 2016 eCQMs
- SDC/DAF Projects Webinar
Summer officially begins on Sunday at brunch time and with it comes a slew of deadlines and webinars during which you can learn about: efforts to use Big Data to fight obesity, federal resources for adopting broadband for small and rural hospitals, tweaks to the 2016 eCQMs and much, much more (including a big July 1 deadline for those of you unable to participate in the EHR incentive program).
The deadline for submissions for Objective Reviewers for the Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program is fast approaching – June 30, 2015. They will be asked to select awardees for programs that will help increase the number of community efforts to make sure health information is appropriately accessed and used to help people improve their health. Submit your resume/CV, including a working e-mail address and phone number toONC_ObjectiveReview@hhs.gov by the deadline.
You also have until June 30 to comment on the 2015 Edition Draft Test Procedures.
On June 9th we published a notice in the Federal Register that restated our continued investment in working with the health IT industry towards a more streamlined health IT testing and certification system. This notice addressed a flexibility included in the ONC Health IT Certification Program - specifically the National Coordinator’s ability to approve test procedures, test tools, and test data developed by non-governmental entities. Please take part in this open opportunity!
Another important deadline is also looming: July 1 is the last day you can apply for a hardship exception if you were unable to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014. Changes go into effect January 1, 2016, so act now if you think you qualify for a hardship exception. The hardship exception applications and instructions for an individual and for multiple Medicare eligible professionals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website, and outline the specific types of circumstances that CMS considers barriers to achieving meaningful use.
Don’t miss the free Obesity Data Challenge: Informational Webinar on Tuesday, June 23, from 1:00 p.m. – 2 :00 p.m. (EDT) and hear from ONC’s own Public Health Coordinator Jim Daniel, who will be joined by Ed Hunter, president and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation and Sara Zellner, director of programs at the Health Data Consortium. Learn more about the U.S. Obesity Data Challenge, the collaboration of the Health Data Consortium, the de Beaumont Foundation, and HSS/ONC that was announced at Health Datapalooza. A parallel challenge is also going on in the U.K. with NHS England and Rewired State. The U.S. challenge seeks solutions to enable public health and health care professionals to help patients and families address the obesity epidemic at a personal and community level. The webinar will cover the logistical details of the challenge, discuss potential data sources, and answer any questions. If you’re considering submitting your idea for the U.S. Obesity Data Challenge, this is a must-attend event!
Do you run a rural hospital in New England and need help with broadband? How about adoption of health IT? We’ve got the webinar for you! Join our own Rural Health IT Coordinator Leila Samy and Peter Wright, president & CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare in New Hampshire on June 30. The free webinar will help identify federal resources to help your hospital get up and running with broadband and is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT), so mark your calendars and sign up now!
A new case study by NORC at the University of Chicago explores provider priorities and information needs related to health information exchange (HIE), including compelling use cases, significant challenges, and lessons learned. As part of the evaluation of the State HIE Program, NORC interviewed providers and administrators from hospitals, integrated delivery networks, hospital and physician associations, health centers, critical access hospitals, long-term care, and home health.
Calling all developers! The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) invites experienced developers based in the US to submit proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Apps developed in previous years through this program have included AccessNote by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC; Smart Steps by Smart Steps, LLC; ZyroSky by Zyrobotics; and IDEAL Group Reader by Apps4Android. Proposals are due by June 30th (PDF).
Join us on June 19 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT for the seventh webinar of a 10-part series on IT and patient safety, "EHR Usability and Health IT Safety". This free webinar presents perspectives on EHR usability and its impact on health IT safety. Presenters are Raj Ratwani, Ph.D., scientific director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, Kris Engdahl, M.S., senior manager of User Research, athenahealth, Ross C. Teague, Ph.D., senior manager of User Experience at Allscripts, and Jonathan S. Wald, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.M.I., director, Patient-Centered Technologies, RTI International. Read more about the series and register now! Slides and audio of previous webinars in this series are also now available.
2:00 p.m.: The #HITPC Privacy & Security Workgroup meets. View the agenda here:http://bit.ly/1T9Ec0x
11:00 a.m.: The #HITPC Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Workgroup meets. Find the meeting materials here: http://bit.ly/1f0WZva
9:30 a.m..: The Health IT Standards Committee meets for an all-day meeting. Follow along and check out the meeting materials here: http://bit.ly/1GptEov
CMS has updated select electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will electronically report in 2016. The original versions of the measures were posted on CMS’ website on May 1, 2015 for the annual update of the 2014 measure set. Errors were found in the XML renderings of 12 eligible professional eCQMs and 4 eligible hospital eCQMs. Corrections for these measures should affect only those who are electronically consuming the Healthcare Quality Measures Format (HQMF). Updated measures, release notes, and Measure Logic Document are available on the eCQI Resource Center and the CMS eCQM Library page.
Sign up for the free webinar that will include a short overview of the Structured Data Capture (SDC), Data Access Framework (DAF) Projects and the clinical research project opportunities offered by these important initiatives. The SDC project will enable the use of common data elements (CDEs) for use in clinical research and public health while the DAF project enables the query of EHRs for clinical research and public health purposes. Please join us on Monday June 29th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) as we discuss the pilot opportunities available within each initiative.
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