Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

ONC’s Andrew Gettinger outlines EHR patient safety threats, calls for funding from Congress

From poor EHR design and implementation to certification standards that set a low bar and potential for patient harm during system transitions, ONC’s Andrew Gettinger, M.D., raises the alarm about safety threats, interoperability roadblocks and other problems with electronic health records in a new podcast.

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Interview: ONC on Next Steps for Secure Data Exchange

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will soon ramp up its efforts to advance secure health information exchange as part of its mandate under the 21st Century Cure’s Act, says Genevieve Morris, ONC’s principal deputy national coordinator.ONC, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, is carrying out the data

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ONC Leader: Privacy, Security Remain Top Priorities

Although the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is phasing out its chief privacy officer position, a focus on data security and privacy will continue to be interwoven into all the work the office does, especially its efforts around electronic health record interoperability, the head of the office pledged this week.

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ONC leaders see Silicon Valley-like future for EHR interoperability

National coordinator Donald Rucker said the agency is researching open APIs, such as those used by Facebook and Twitter, to advance health information sharing.Top leaders at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT offered a taste of what ONCs main priorities are in the near-term and suggested where the agency is headed in

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