What's Happening in Health IT
One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyber-attacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware. The FBI has reported an increase in ransomware attacks and media have reported a number of ransomware attacks on hospitals. To help health care entities better understand and respond to the threat of ransomware, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has released new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance on ransomware. The new guidance reinforces activities required by HIPAA that can help organizations prevent, detect, contain, and respond to threats.
Workforce Training for Health IT Professionals: Staying Current in the Changing Health Care Environment
New health information technology (health IT) training programs are now available to help health care workers and others stay current in the changing health care environment and deliver care more effectively. The new sessions include online and face-to-face formats, and are customized to address specific health IT skills needed by physicians, nurses, care coordinators, health IT specialists and other health care workers.
To hear more about these free trainings, please register for our upcoming informational webinar taking place on Monday, July 18, 2016, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. ET.
Last week, ONC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the Use of Blockchain for Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge. The challenge calls for white papers on the topic of Blockchain technology and its potential use in health IT to address privacy, security, and scalability challenges of managing electronic health records and resources. Up to 15 winners will be awarded a cash prize and up to 8 winners may be invited to present their papers at the two-day “Blockchain & Healthcare Workshop” September 26-27, 2016. Challenge submissions will help shape the focus of the workshop and all winning submissions will be included as part of the workshop’s proceedings. For more information, please visit HeathIT.gov.
The Move Health Data Forward Challenge calls for participants to create an application programming interface (API) solution that uses the implementation specifications created by theHEART Workgroup (Heart WG). These APIs will allow people to securely authorize the movement of their health data to destinations they choose.
For more information on Move Health Data Forward Challenge view the webinar recording on our website. Submissions for the Challenge are due on September 8, 2016.
A beta version of the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) Scorecard is now available on ONC’s Standards Implementation & Testing Environment (SITE). The SITE C-CDA Scorecard is a benchmarking tool designed to enable health care providers, health IT implementers, and health IT developers compare how the C-CDAs created by their health IT stack up against the HL7 C-CDA implementation guide and HL7 best practices. HealthIT.gov/SITE is a centralized collection of testing tools and resources. It’s designed to assist health IT developers and health IT users evaluate technical standards and maximize the potential of their health IT implementations.
For inquiries or questions, please email: ONC.email@example.com
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS recently published the 2017 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) Implementation Guide (IG), Schematrons, and sample file. The 2017 IG provides technical instructions for QRDA Category I reporting for:
The 2017 IG contains high-level changes related to HQR from the 2016 CMS QRDA IG that pertains to HQR and provides additional changes that affect Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
The CMS QRDA Category I and QRDA Category III implementation guidance for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the CMS QRDA Category III implementation guidance for CPC Plus (CPC +) are not included in this 2017 CMS HQR QRDA IG, and will be released at a later date.
For More Information on current and past QRDA Implementation Guides, Schematrons, and sample files on the CMS eCQM Library and the eCQI Resource Center.
Visit the eCQI Resource Center for News and Resources to Support Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement
CMS and ONC are working to improve the nation’s health by using electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI) through common standards, tools, and shared technologies. If you are looking for more information, the eCQI Resource Center is the one-stop shop for the most current resources to support eCQI.
We invite you to help keep us current by submitting eCQI news, events, content, suggestions, and corrections via email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit the eCQI Resource Center, read the eCQI Resource Center fact sheet and view the Resource Center Education page.
ONC has updated the “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)” information on HealthIT.gov. The updated site is a great way for you to learn more about ONC’s five PCOR projects focused on building key data infrastructure for a learning health system as outlined in the Shared Interoperability Roadmap.
Tuesday, July 12
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. Joint: Consumer Task Force Meeting. Learn more:http://ow.ly/FbKS3023DlD
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Joint: Interoperability Experience Task Force Meeting. Learn more:
Thursday, July 14
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Standards: 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force. Learn more: http://ow.ly/zH1S3023FmB
*All times are in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted