Via Healthleaders Media

Although some progress has been seen, a lack of health IT vendor transparency and cooperation have been named as barriers to interoperability 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 and to use the information that has been exchanged. Roadmap, and CMS’s EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conform... 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 Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) coordinates nationwide ... More and all departments of HHS will focus on for 2016:

  • Interoperability
  • 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 ONC. There seems to be increasing pressure on the EHR 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 for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) refers to the portion of the ARRA that is used to increase the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by ph... 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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