What's New in Health IT
In This Issue
- National Coordinator Talks Interoperability
- Detailed Resources on the 2015 Edition Final Rule
- Comment Period for Updated Test Procedures Ends Dec. 31
- NIST Develops Test Tools
- Webinar: Integrating Behavioral Health Data into HIEs
- Job Openings at ONC
- Federal Advisory Committee Schedule December 8-15
We are switching things up for our weekly e-mail blast during the holiday season. Instead of Friday, we will be sending out our What’s New in Health IT e-mails on Tuesdays for a few weeks. Please take a look at all the health IT-related news below and thanks for reading!
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc. (@KBDeSalvo) joins a discussion today at 2:00 p.m. (EST) about improving health through interoperability and information sharing. Andy Slavitt, the acting CMS administrator (@CMSGov), will also participate. Follow all the health IT action via live stream here: http://bit.ly/21CxAMo or on Twitter at #BPClive.
Have you read the 2015 Edition final rule? Check out this blog post highlighting new resources, charts, and fact sheets including the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria and Base EHR Definition. In addition, you will find material on the “Certification to the 2015 Edition to Support Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs in 2018 and Beyond” and the Common Clinical Data Set (CCDS), which was previously known as the Common MU Data Set. Our Office of Policy Acting Director Elise Anthony highlights a variety of educational resources such as:
- The 2015 Edition Privacy and Security Certification Framework table,
- The Gap Certification Eligibility table,
- The 2015 Edition Standards Hub and
A variety of other provisions related to patient engagement, how health IT supports the continuum of care, data segmentation for privacy, health disparities and patient safety.
The public comment period on the Draft 2015 Edition Test Procedures ended on November 30th 2015. However, there is a 30-day public comment period for the 2 remaining Draft TPs as well as a few updated ones ending on December 31, 2015. Those Test Procedures are as follows:
- §170.315 (g)(1) Automated Numerator Recording (new)
- § 170.315 (g)(2) Automated Measure Calculation (new)
- § 170.315 (b)(3) Electronic Prescribing (updated)
- § 170.315 (h)(1) Direct Project (updated)
- § 170.315 (h)(2) Direct Project, Edge Protocol, and XDR/XDM (updated)
For more details, take a look at the website.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed Test Tools for conformance testing of Health IT Modules related to the 2015 Edition ONC certification criteria for electronic prescribing, immunization messaging, syndromic surveillance, and reportable laboratory results. Complementary test process documents that describe the testing actions for using these tools were also developed and are now available for a 30day public comment period ending January 1, 2016. Please review the NIST Normative Test Process Documents for the following tools and provide all feedback to NTPD_comment@nist.gov. All test tools can be found here.
- Electronic Prescribing
- Immunization Messaging
- Syndromic Surveillance Messaging
- Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)
Join ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a free webinar about the benefits of integrating behavioral health data into Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). The webinar begins later today and focuses on how these data are being integrated into primary care systems in a way that ensures the privacy and confidentiality of this sensitive information. You can sign up for the webinar, which will run from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST), here: http://bit.ly/1IINCZr
Apply to become a Health Information Policy Analyst at ONC and be a part of our work towards nationwide interoperability. Applications are due December 15. Learn more here:http://1.usa.gov/1OdQD5U
9:30 a.m.: The Health IT Standards Committee (#HITSC) holds a virtual meeting. Follow along here:http://bit.ly/1PQriF1