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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Weekly Digest Bulletin

Submit your application for potential membership on two new consumer-focused HIT FACA Workgroups

Submit your application for potential membership on two new consumer-focused HIT FACA Workgroups

The HIT FACA Committees are forming two new consumer focused workgroups, the HIT Policy Committee’s Consumer Empowerment Workgroup and the HIT Standards Committee’s Consumer Technology Workgroup. 

HIT Policy Committee’s Consumer Empowerment Workgroup will be charged with providing recommendations on policy issues and opportunities for strengthening the ability of consumers, patients, and lay caregivers to manage health and health care for themselves or others.  Examples of issues to be covered include patient generation of their health data, incorporating patient preferences into care plans, and new types/sources of patient data.    

HIT Standards Committee’s Consumer Technology Workgroup will be charged with providing recommendations on standards and interoperability issues and opportunities related to strengthening the ability of consumers, patients, and lay caregivers to manage health and health care for themselves or others.  Examples of issues to be addressed include portability of patient data, patient access to and generation of their health data, and incorporating patient preferences for a variety of issues, such as care plans.  

If you are interested in being considered for membership on either of the two workgroups, please register at ONC’s Workgroup Application Database.  ONC will be reviewing the applications received by January 14, 2013. 

For more information on the Committees and Workgroups, please visit the ONC FACA Website.  Thank you for your interest in the HIT Federal advisory Committees.

New This Week on HealthIT.gov

Patient safety

ONC today released – for comment – the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan. The plan builds on HHS’ overall commitment to patient safety. The plan addresses recommendations made in the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care. It leverages the shared responsibility among HHS and private organizations’ existing programs that are focused on using health IT to improve patient safety to support a culture of safety. You can find the more information on Health IT and Patient Safety and the news release on HealthIT.gov. And remember that the comment period runs through Feb 4.

New This Week on HealthIT.gov

Many of us know about the benefits of health IT systems and as more and more doctors, hospitals and clinics install the software and hardware and strive toward meaningful use and – ultimately – interoperability, even more people will see many of these benefits.

Check out how EHR/EMR can:

Patient engagement workgroups formed

In an effort to reach out to real flesh-and-blood patients and consumers and help them understand the benefits of using electronic health records, our Federal Advisory Committees have formed a pair of new work groups: the HIT Policy Committee’s Consumer Empowerment Workgroup and the HIT Standards Committee’s Consumer Technology Workgroup.

For more information on the Committees and Workgroups, please visit the ONC FACA Website

Testing and Certification 

After a comprehensive public review and comment process, the 2014 Edition Test Method was finalized and formally approved by the National Coordinator on December 14, 2012. The 2014 Edition Test Procedures, Test Data, and Test Tools are now available for use in testing and certifying Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology under the ONC HIT Certification Program (formerly referred to as the Permanent Certification Program).

To access the 2014 Edition Test Method, please visit the 2014 Edition Test Method webpage

Annual Meeting Video Challenge winners 

Congrats to our ONC 2012 Video Challenge Winners! Drs. Arnold Berlin and Isaac Dapkins, the Cass County (IA) Health System and the whole team at the River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley (WI) Medical Clinics (Go Team!).

You can find the videos by visiting the 2012 ONC Annual Meeting Webcast page and then scrolling down to select the Patient Engagement and Health IT session. If you fast-forward to the 53rd minute, you can check out all the winning videos.

Cypress Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) testing platform releases production version

The ONC Certification Program provides a defined process to ensure that Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) meets the adopted standards and certification criteria to help providers and hospitals achieve Meaningful Use objectives and measures established by the Department of Health and Human Services. Certification requires that CEHRT software products and Electronic Health Record (EHR) modules be tested, as applicable, for the capability to accurately capture, calculate and report Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) results.

Cypress is an official ONC certified tool for the rigorous and repeatable testing of EHRs and EHR modules in calculating 2014 Meaningful Use CQMs. Cypress has encoded the measure logic required in software implementation and has released Eligible Professionals (EP), Eligible Hospitals (EH) and QRDA (Category 1 and Category 3) test decks in this production version. Vendors can now download these test decks within their EHRs to test 2014 eCQM certification requirements. View and use the test decks at www.healthit.gov/cypress.

A demonstration of the Cypress testing tool along with Question and Answer session will be held on January 10th 1-2:30 pm Eastern. HIT vendors are encouraged to register for this webinar.

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