What's Happening in Health IT
In This Issue
- EHR Certification Terminated for SkyCare 4.2
- FACA Committee Nominations Close Sept. 11
- Quality Data Model V. 4.2 Specs Released
- Register Before It’s Too Late – 5th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit
- Health IT Safety Webinar Series
- Accessibility and Usability conference
- FCC to Hold Broadband Health Events in Florida
- Federal Advisory Committee Schedule Week of September 7 (all times EDT)
Happy Labor Day Weekend! If you’re ready for a small dose of #HealthIT news prior to the barbeque plans, we’ve got just the thing.
We announced earlier this week that one of the authorized certification bodies terminated the certification of now defunct Santa Ana, Calif.-based EHR company, Platinum Health Information Systems’ SkyCare 4.2 EHR. This was after the company failed to respond to audit requests. “We take our responsibility to provide appropriate oversight of certified EHR products seriously and have every expectation that users will have systems that meet the technological capabilities and requirements adopted by Health and Human Services and will take action accordingly,” National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H., said about the terminations.
Attention health IT policy and standards wonks! Applications will be accepted for ONC’s two primary advisory committees, the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees, until September 11, 2015. Learn more: http://onc-faca.
The latest version of the Quality Data Model specification was released August 31.
Version 4.2 contains the following changes:
- Enhanced support for encounter diagnoses and principal diagnoses
- Re-specification of the Diagnosis data types
- Re-specification of the Diagnosis, Family History data type
- Re-specification of the Symptom data types
- Addition of Immunization data types
- Addition of reference range attributes to Laboratory Test, Performed
- Removal of patient / provider preference attributes from all data types
- Removal of “negation rationale” from inappropriate data types
Support for these features and modifications are expected to be released in the Measure Authoring Tool (MAT) 4.3 in October 2015.
The QDM will continue to evolve based on stakeholder input and feedback from the QDM User Group.
Spots are going fast, but registration is still open for ONC’s 5th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit. This popular event is free and sells out each year. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The Summit will feature inspiring consumer speakers like Steven Keating who will share his personal story about how he helped diagnose his own brain cancer and collaborated with his care team using health IT. We will also have powerful keynote speakers including White House Chief Data Scientist, DJ Patil; President of the National Partnership for Women and Families, Debra Ness; Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer, Susannah Fox, and moderated discussion with industry leaders and consumers on a host of consumer engagement topic areas.
Join us on September 10, 2015 1:00-2:30 pm (EDT) for the tenth and final webinar of a 10-part series on health information technology (IT) and patient safety, “A Roadmap for a National Health IT Safety Collaboratory.” This free webinar provides an overview of the central components of a plan to develop a national Collaboratory focused on improving the safety and safe use of health IT. Presenters are:
- Andrew Gettinger, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the Department of Health and Human Services;
- Steven Stack, MD, President of the American Medical Association (AMA) and an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, Kentucky;
- Richard W. Landen, MBA, MPH, Director, Regulatory Affairs, QuadraMed;
- Doug Johnston, MTS (Moderator), Director of Health IT Policy at RTI International.
Slides and audio of previous webinars in this series are also now available.
September 17-18, 2015 the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) Interagency Committee on Assistive Technology (ICAT) will hold a conference titled “Accessibility and Usability in Health Information Technology (HIT): A Research & Action Conference to Empower People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Caregivers.” The conference will be held at the U.S. Department of Education, Potomac Center Plaza, 10th Floor Auditorium, 550 12th Street SW, here in Washington, D.C.
The conference is intended to advance the priority of accessibility in health IT systems and tools from a compliance-oriented approach toward one that is user-driven, responsive to human-centered consumer experiences, and results in increased patient engagement and improved health and wellness for individual disabilities, older adults, and caregivers. Registration is open!
The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force will travel to Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, on September 30 and October 1, to highlight how broadband-enabled health technologies can transform health and care for seniors and people with disabilities. As our population ages and more Americans assume caregiving tasks for family members, broadband health technologies hold great promise to help address access to care issues, facilitate the next generation of caregiving and provide new self-management tools. The FCC will partner with the Mayo Clinic and AARP for these events. Visit https://www.fcc.gov/health for more information and to register.
9:30 p.m.: The Health IT Policy Committee meets. Find the agenda here: http://healthit.gov/
1:30 p.m.: The Precision Medicine Task Force meets. More details are here: http://healthit.gov/
12:00 p.m.: Our new barriers to interop task force has a scheduled virtual meeting. Follow along here: