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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) invites you to register for the 2014 Annual Consumer Health IT Summit on September 15th in Washington DC. This exciting day-long event highlights public and private sector efforts to advance patient engagement by empowering people with their digital health data and technology. To register and get additional logistical details, visit http://www.capconcorp.com/meeting/2014/Consumer-Health-IT-Summit/default....

Health Affairs Studies: Providers Continue To Face Meaningful Use Challenges

Health Affairs published three new studies that examine meaningful use attestation among eligible professionals and hospitals and highlight the challenges providers face.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

SAVE THE DATE: September 15, 2014 (Washington DC) 4th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit

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Update- Register now: http://www.healthcareusability.com/article/register-now-4th-annual-consu...

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) invites you to save the date and join them in D.C. on September 15th to celebrate advancements to equip and empower people through access to their health information and technology to better manage their health and health care.

The Summit will feature:

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension!

ONC Challenge for Improving Hypertension

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC), in conjunction with the Million Hearts Initiative, has launched its newest prize challenge, EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension!

In Phase 1, the challenge seeks to identify the practices that have used clinical decision support to implement the most successful evidence-based blood pressure treatment protocols. ONC will then reward organizations that can spread these tools for use by the most providers in Phase 2.

Medical Experts Emphasize Role of Health IT in Patient Safety

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Medical experts told members of Congress that health IT solutions, such as electronic health records, are falling short in efforts to improve patient safety, Healthcare IT News reports (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 7/18).

HIMSS EHR Group Urges CMS, ONC To Release Final Meaningful Use

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The HIMSS EHR Association in a letter urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS to quickly issue a final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use reporting requirements and to delay the start of Stage 3 until at least 2018, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 7/11).

Navigating the Intersection of Medical Devices, Health IT To Boost Patient Safety

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One of the many Holy Grails in health care -- trailing somewhat behind the perennial pursuit of lower costs -- is the notion of interlinking the sometimes disparate components of medical devices, clinical systems, information systems and communication platforms to streamline care and make the entire delivery universe safer for patients.

Meaningful Use Proposed Rule Aims To Offer Relief, but Many Questions Remain

by Fred Bazzoli, iHealthBeat, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, the nation's health care organizations received the promise of some much-needed relief from the pressure of meeting looming deadlines for achieving Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. That came with the release of a proposed rule from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT intended to give providers more flexibility and time in achieving Stage 2 objectives.

AMDIS To Push CMS for More Details on Meaningful Use Changes

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is seeking clarity around CMS' proposed changes to the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports.

AMDIS has tasked board member Michael Zaroukian with drafting formal comments to CMS' proposed rule (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 6/19).

ONC Wants To Make Meaningful Use More Flexible, Less Prescriptive

Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator and chief medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said that the agency wants to make the meaningful use program more flexible and less focused on providers meeting a specific set of clinical quality measures, Modern Healthcare reports.

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