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ONC’s new interoperability standards support SDOH, sexual orientation data

The ONC has released the new version of the United States Core Data for Interoperability, a set of standards to enable seamless data exchange nationwide. The updated set includes standards for exchanging data related to social determinants of health, sexual orientation and gender identity.

ONC Chief: Data standardization key to integrating public health into info-sharing infrastructure

The Covid-19 pandemic shone a harsh light on how siloed the public health infrastructure is, and the ONC is working along with other government agencies to integrate it with the existing data-sharing ecosystem. According to Dr. Micky Tripathi, head of the agency, standardizing data will be essential to this integration.

Dr. Micky Tripathi on interoperability, health equity & how his work with VCs will help him lead the ONC

In a wide-ranging interview, the National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Micky Tripathi discussed his career and how his varied experiences have expanded his perspective. He also spoke about ONC’s plans for the future, which include “evangelizing” about the opportunities the federal interoperability rules will create for the industry.

What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the …

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Mastercard, b.well Team Up on Digital Health Patient ID Verification for Interoperability

What You Should Know: –  b.well Connected Health today announced a partnership with Mastercard to provide individuals a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-person when accessing healthcare services. – The partnership enables healthcare organizations to provide their members and patients with a biometric alternative to verify their identity in-person or virtually, replacing …

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Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience

Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights Laurent Rotival, SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO, Cambia Solutions We are all frustrated when there’s a glitch with our online banking, or if bandwidth problems interfere with streaming the movie we want to watch. Imagine how individuals will react when the results of a cancer screening don’t find …

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HHS Awards Funds to Increase Data Sharing Between HIEs & Immunization Registries

What You Should Know: – The ONC today unveiled a series of investments to improve the sharing of health information related to vaccination. – The new investments will provide opportunities to track vaccination progress, help clinicians contact high-risk patients, and help identify patients due to receive the second dose of the vaccine. The U.S. Department …

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ONC Issues First Health IT Standards Bulletin Discussing USCDI & SVAP

What You Should Know: – The ONC released the first ONC Standards Bulletin, a new communication tool ONC will use to periodically update the healthcare industry about ONC health IT standards and policy initiatives. – Based on a HITAC recommendation, the Bulletin is part of the ONC’s ongoing efforts to communicate, coordinate, and promote the …

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How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021

Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to struggle with what should really be table stakes: the ability …

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CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

Scott Galbari, CTO, Lyniate Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and …

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Despite COVID-19: Providers Should Not Lose Sight of MIPS Compliance

Courtney Tesvich, VP of Regulatory at Nextech When 2020 began, no one anticipated that complying with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—the flagship payment model of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP)—would look so different halfway through the year. Like many other things, the COVID-19 crisis has delayed, diverted, …

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5 Steps for Interoperability Excellence for Healthcare Providers

Shanti Wilson, Consultant, Freed Associates  As if 2020 couldn’t be any more challenging for healthcare providers, new federal rules on interoperability and patient access, granting patients direct access to their healthcare data, begin taking effect this November and continue into 2022. These rules, while ultimately beneficial to patients, bring an additional level of operational complexity to …

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COTA Lands $34M to Drive Innovation in Oncology Using Real-World Data

What You Should Know: – COTA, Inc., a healthcare technology company that uses real-world data to bring clarity to cancer care, has secured $34M in funding. – Access to over one million patient data records and additional funding support enhanced real-world data and analytics services in oncology. COTA, Inc., a Boston, MA-based healthcare technology company …

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To Solve Healthcare Interoperability, We Must ‘Solve the Surround’

Peter S. Tippett, MD, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of careMesh Interoperability in healthcare is a national disgrace. After more than three decades of effort, billions of dollars in incentives and investments, State and Federal regulations, and tens of thousands of articles and studies on making all of this work — we are only slightly better …

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How Low-Code Solutions Reduce Headaches for Healthcare CIOs

Ruby Raley, VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Axway Twenty years ago, technology consultants started advising CIOs to build less. That’s when the movement towards Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) began.  Today, there are many shops, especially those in small and medium-sized organizations, with few programmers who build new applications from scratch.   Yes, they …

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HHS Announces Investments for STAR HIE Program to Support State and Local Public Health Agencies

What You Should Know: – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will award up to five 5 cooperative agreements under the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health Agencies via Health Information Exchange (STAR HIE) Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to expand and accelerate innovative uses of electronic health information via health information exchanges (HIEs) to support state and local public health agencies. …

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HHS Taps Fenway Health as Pilot Site for Precision Medicine Project

What You Should Know: – Fenway Health has been selected as the pilot site to participate in the Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine (ASPM) project. – The ASPM project is focused on how healthcare providers can systematically identify the socio-economic factors that may impact the health of patients in order to provide more individualized care …

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