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Updated federal HIT certification criteria highlights data sharing, broader applicability

The final rule detailing the 2015 edition certification criteria for EHRs, released Oct. 6, is structured differently from prior editions and focuses more on interoperability throughout the "care continuum," not just on the Meaningful Use program, according to officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Meaningful Use not working? Demote it

For Meaningful Use, 2015 has not been the best of times. A recap of what's happened to the electronic health record incentive program so far includes: The Medicare Access and CHIP...

Senators propose bill to create health IT rating system

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to help ensure that certified health IT systems work as promised.

ONC: Consumer online access to health records on the rise

Patients' engagement with their electronic health records is increasing, according to two recently published data briefs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

ONC: Docs sharing data more with patients than other providers

Physicians increasingly are sharing patient health information, but are doing so more with patients than with other providers, according to a new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.


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