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Although some progress has been seen, a lack of health IT vendor transparency and cooperation have been named as barriers to interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More in the ONC’s annual report.

The report summarizes actions taken by various government agencies to advance health IT, such as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the ONC’s InteroperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More Roadmap, and CMS’s EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More Incentive Programs, and touches on the pivotal role private-sector industry plays in realizing the goals outlined in the report. 

The report identifies three critical areas that the ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Of... More and all departments of HHS will focus on for 2016:

  • InteroperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More
  • The security and usability of health IT
  • Simplifying health IT incentive program requirements and creating clear links between participation and positive outcomes

No real surprises in this report from the ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Of... More. There seems to be increasing pressure on the EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More vendors to end their "data blocking" practices, as it is often described in the industry press. 

However, let's not overlook the progress that has occured in such a short period of time since the HITECHAs a part of the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Health Information Technology... More Act was passed. No, progress has not been fast enough for us in the Internet age, but the entire industry is undergoing massive change. Just take a look at the our 550+ customers across the country for examples of how hospitals, clinics, and vendors are taking control of their data and answering the top focus on the list above.

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