In This Issue
- Read the latest blog post: Connect for Care
- Webinar: Integrating Behavioral Health Data into HIEs
- New Report Shows Further Research Needed on Patient Outcomes and HIE
- Comment Period for Updated Test Procedures Ends Dec. 31
- NIST Develops Test Tools
- HHS and EU’s DG CONNECT Collaborate on Health IT and eHealth
- Implementation-A-Thon Set for Jan. 7-8
- Beacon Program Report Released
- Federal Advisory Committee Schedule December 15-21
Good morning and welcome to your weekly ONC e-mail about everything we're doing to set standards and help providers and people connect for care.
Last week in Washington, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., spoke about the not-to-distant future where “we have a learning, connected health care system that leverages technology just as well and just as easily as the latest apps we all have on our phones for hailing a ride or paying our bills.” Dr. DeSalvo talked about a three-pronged approach where stakeholders commit to:
- Expanding consumer access,
- Stopping Information blocking and
- Implementing Federally recognized standards.
ONC wants to support FHIR-based apps and help to foster the creation of a prototype app store, a sort of “one-stop-shop for your mobile health IT needs.” Read the blog post and be sure to leave a comment!
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 Wednesday, Dec. 16 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 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST), here:http://bit.ly/1ReJpoh
A new report issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests electronically exchanging health information may reduce duplicative laboratory and radiology testing, lower emergency department costs, reduce hospital admissions, improve public health reporting, increase ambulatory quality of care, and improve disability claims processing. The electronic exchange of health information has increased over time and is used most in hospitals, the report shows. However, electronically exchanging health information remains low overall. The full impact of electronically exchanging health information on patient outcomes needs additional research, according to the recent systematic review done by AHRQ. To advance our understanding of how to better exchange health information electronically, future studies need to address comprehensive questions, use more rigorous designs, and be part of a coordinated, systematic approach to studying the electronic exchange of health information. Access the full systematic review.
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 30-day 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_comments@nist.gov. All test tools can be found here.
- Electronic Prescribing
- Immunization Messaging
- Syndromic Surveillance Messaging
- Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)
The European Commission's DG CONNECT and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly updated the Transatlantic eHealth/health IT Cooperation Roadmap (Transatlantic Roadmap) that guides European and US cooperation on health IT and eHealth. It was agreed between DG CONNECT and HHS to continue activities around two work streams: health IT standards and workforce development. As part of the updated Transatlantic Roadmap, a new third priority area focusing on innovation was added. The goal is to encourage innovation in the eHealth/health IT industry, as well as ensure linkages to the other two Transatlantic Roadmap work streams. Both the EU and US are simultaneously seeking public feedback and comments to the draft Transatlantic Roadmap. Take a minute to look at the draft of the Roadmap and feedback questions.
In September 2015, ONC awarded a grant to Health Level Seven, International (HL7) to create an ongoing partnership to support advancements in technical standards necessary to achieve interoperability among health IT systems. To support this initiative, HL7 is hosting the first C-CDA “Implementation-A-Thon” in Orlando, Florida on January 7 and 8—three days prior to the HL7 January working group meeting. Here, we’ll identify issues and potential trouble spots with implementations. This event is intended for users and developers who work at organizations directly involved in sending and receiving C-CDA documents. More details, including the link to register, are available on the HL7 website.
ONC has released its final evaluation report of the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program. The report provides key findings related to approaches Beacon communities took to build and strengthen health IT, the impact of the Beacon Community program, and challenges, enablers, and lessons learned. One key finding was that sharing best practices and experience from participating in preexisting initiatives helped the communities in advancing clinical transformations.
Wednesday, December 16
11:00 a.m.: The Health IT Standards Committee (#HITSC) Transitional Vocabulary Task Force meets. Details are here: http://bit.ly/1NPbgot