Upcoming Event Details & NEW ONC Bright Spots
In This Issue
- Webinar: Reducing Medication Errors – Simple Recommendations
- A Record to Rely On: A Workshop on the Intersection of Electronic Health Records, Health Law, Payment, and Oversight
- Office for Civil Rights: What Type of Authentication is Right for you?
- ONC Awardee Uses Direct Secure Messaging to Support Behavioral Health Exchange
- Health Center Implements SAMHSA’s Consent2Share Tool to Exchange Behavioral Health Data
- Upcoming Federal Advisory Committee Meetings
Join ONC for the Reducing Medication Errors –Simple Recommendations Webinar on November 17, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm ET. The webinar will discuss key highlights from the recently posted Report on the Safe Use of Pick Lists in Ambulatory Care Settings. Pick lists are ubiquitous features in every electronic health record (EHR) and order entry system. Also known as drop-down lists, pick lists are designed to save time and avoid errors. Their use affects every aspect of clinical work, starting with the selection of the correct patient. ONC’s Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Andy Gettinger (@ag1) will talk about the report findings and how resources could be put into action to make health IT safer and more safely used in all health care settings.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm ET
A Record to Rely On: A Workshop on the Intersection of Electronic Health Records, Health Law, Payment, and Oversight
ONC is holding a 1-day workshop focused on the use of clinical documentation—as captured by EHRs—in legal, payment, and oversight contexts. The workshop will bring together panels of experts to discuss the current landscape around how EHRs have been used as a record in the legal environment and for purposes such as medical documentation, claims support, audit trail records, and fraud identification.
Date & Time:
Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201
OCR’s November 2016 Cyber Awareness Newsletter shines the spotlight on best practices to prevent breaches due to weak authentication. Authentication is a process used to verify whether someone or something is who or what it purports to be in the electronic context, while keeping unauthorized people or programs from gaining access to information. In the health care sector, health care entities usually use login passwords or passphrases to access information on public or private networks, internet portals, computers, medical devices, servers, and software applications. OCR suggests that health care entities take a second look at their safeguards to decrease the possibility of being exposed to potential threats, and how to reduce breaches of electronic protected health information. Read OCR’s full article.
Learn how Community Health Center Network (CHCN) of Northern California, is working with Pathways to Wellness (PTW) to enhance communication between primary care and behavioral health providers. Using Direct, the two organizations are sharing information to support patient referral and discharge to improve care coordination. This is one project highlighted in a new ONC Bright Spot.
Another ONC Bright Spot is how Peninsula Community Health Services’ (PCHS), a health center in Washington, is using SAMHSA’s Consent2Share tool to exchange behavioral health data and improve care coordination with a local mental health services provider. With this tool, patients are now able to electronically sign consent directives specifying which providers may view their protected health information and what type of information they are comfortable sharing.
Standards: 2017 Interoperability Advisory Task Force