EHRA Responds to ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap

After many conference calls, and lots of “on the job training” using Google Docs to manage the edits of many contributors, we were pleased to submit our response to ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap. . . just in time to start working on the interoperability aspects of the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Program . . .and to get ready for HIMSS15!

Overall, we’re positive about the framework the draft Roadmap is starting to put in place, its identified principles, and the pragmatic review of well-established and emerging interoperability standards and technologies. We did express some concern that ONC seems to view the many active, and increasingly successful, interoperability initiatives as a problem to be solved rather than work to inform go-forward strategies with valuable experiences to be built upon. In doing so, we provided some positive suggestions on how to approach interoperability governance in ways that rely on and leverage private sector efforts in the context of an effective public/private partnership.

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Meaningful Use Stage 3 Is Here and We’re Ready to Respond

We recently saw the release of the 732 pages of the CMS Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule and ONC’s Proposed Rule on 2015 Edition Certification. The EHRA Meaningful Use and Certification Workgroups have been gearing up to review and comment on these rules for a while so we have already started looking at the eight proposed objectives and 68 proposed certification criteria.

The scope of what is proposed for certification in this NPRM goes beyond what is proposed to be part of the Meaningful Use program, so other EHRA workgroups are also focused on reviewing the material pertinent to their areas of expertise.  We’re committed to detailed review and developing EHRA’s responses for submission by the May 29th deadline.

Our work depends on the deep expertise of EHRA members and their users!  We strongly encourage your involvement. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from the insights of industry experts in our educational calls, discussions, and consensus based positioning. Participating in EHRA’s work will give you an advantage when working on your own company’s feedback.  Also, you’ll be well positioned to engage your users in what the new proposals might mean for their practices and to encourage them to participate in the public comment process.

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Looking Back at 2014 and Forward to 2015

(January 2015)   As 2015 begins, the EHRA leadership has taken some time to put together what we see as the major achievements for our association in 2014, in the context of the challenges we and our customers have faced.

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EHRs and Ebola: The Reality is Reassuring

(November 5, 2014)  Mark Segal, EHRA Chair (GE Healthcare IT) and his colleague, Keith Boone,  discuss how EHRs and other health IT can support healthcare providers and their patients in identifying and managing contagious disease outbreaks such as Ebola.
Read their full post on the GE Healthcare blog.

Federal Health IT Policy: Where is it heading and why should you care?

(November 4, 2014)  Mark Segal, EHRA Chair (GE Healthcare IT), comments on future directions in federal health IT policy that are taking shape.  We are starting to see clear, reinforcing themes from Congress, the Administration, policy experts, and key stakeholders.
See the full post at the GE Healthcare blog.
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