In the coming months, the ONC Standards Committee is going to hear updates from workgroups on a variety of software and policy standards for issues like structured data, genomics representation and modular application integration.
HIE research aims to help with technical and business skills for query-based exchange, push notification and subscription services, provider directories, master data management and consumer engagement.
The health IT model communities around the country have expanded EHRs and information exchange, more community partnerships and innovative tools -- and as their federal grant status winds down at this year's end, ONC is working to leverage what the test beds have learned about HIT standards, policies, as well as what works and what does not.
The final rule for meaningful use stage 2 signaled to providers and health IT vendors the expectations for health information exchange and involving the patient to improve individual and population health.
The University of California Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement has published the "HIE Ready Buyers' Guide," in an effort to help guide providers through vendor procurement or in joining health information exchanges and organizations.
Prior to 2010, Arkansas lagged behind much of the country in healthcare IT. "I knew we were way behind," the state's health IT coordinator, who led the construction of Arkansas' statewide HIE, said. Now, the state's progress has garnered ONC's praise and, mostly, local stakeholder support.
Like the Thanksgiving turkey, last week’s finalized rules for Meaningful Use Stage 2 are being pored over and picked at, and snap assessments are beginning to provide a glimpse at what policymakers deemed important.