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HIT Policy Committee approves interoperability roadmap recommendations

The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy Committee endorsed the recommendations of its Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup regarding the agency's proposed interoperability roadmap.

Congress to ONC: Focus on interoperability

Congress has made clear that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's priority should be on interoperability, ordering the agency to change how it certifies electronic health records so that non-interoperable products don't make the cut.

ONC strategic plan raises questions about the future of Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated health IT strategic plan, released Dec. 8, is a high-level, ambitious framework for the federal government. It addresses some of the questions the industry has had about the direction of health IT and ONC. It's also an interesting read.

JASON report: 'Learning health system' must go beyond EHR interoperability

The healthcare system needs to focus on health of individuals, not the care they receive, to create a culture of health, according to a new report from JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.

RAND: HIEs are still 'experiments' in need of further study

The jury is still out as to whether health information exchanges (HIEs) are delivering as promised, since it appears that very few of them have been evaluated, according to a new study published in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

Health systems move to solve data exchange problems on their own

Providers, apparently tired of waiting for vendors or the government to help foster data exchange, are taking matters into their own hands and designing their own solutions to achieve interoperability.

AHRQ updates HIE evaluation guide

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has updated its handbook on health information exchange assessment to help those involved in HIE development.

HIE portal efforts, Meaningful Use program need better alignment

Patient portals being developed by health information exchanges so far have focused on helping providers attest to Meaningful Use, but must focus on the value to the patient to achieve widespread adoption, according to an article at the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Clinical informatics specialists: We need to bring reality into Meaningful Use

Many providers simply aren't on the same playing field when it comes to Meaningful Use, which has played a big part in attestation, according to Dawn Ross, clinical informatics director for Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health.

CMS, ONC need to get beyond Groundhog Day

I hate to say it, but isn't it about time that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT realized that they are trapped in a "Groundhog Day" time warp? In the 1993 movie of the same name, Bill Murray is condemned to repeat Feb. 2 until he finally realizes why he's stuck and then changes his ways--and his attitude--in order to move on. Except that we know that the movie had a happy ending. The direction of the Meaningful Use program is not so clear.