So far, the meaningful use of EHRs as defined by ONCHIT
extends as far as hospitals and primary care physicians.
And while it hasn't been mandated yet, this idea of being able to share clinical information is defined as part of the meaningful use criteria that ONCHIT
has developed, so one way or the other, we need to be able to show that we can share clinical data.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act also calls for ONCHIT
to work with other government agencies to develop criteria to be used to define an Electronic Health Recording solution.
Because of what ONCHIT
has set out to describe as meaningful use in 2011, 2013, and 2015, the longer an organization waits to begin an implementation, the higher the bar is set in terms of what they must achieve in the very first year.
While there have been several useful activities undertaken by ONCHIT
related to standards and certification of EHR systems, actual progress towards creating a national interoperable network has been limited to a handful of pilots, some completed and more just beginning.
The acronym for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been simplified from ONCHIT
2 million slated for ONCHIT
and $50 million to the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) for IT demonstration projects.
Clinical users, representative of the market, will perform tasks based on use cases drawn from ONCHIT
He was a contributing architect to Accenture's ONCHIT
project for a prototype NHIN and three associated RHIOs.
Three of the requests for proposals, which were due in July, were from ONCHIT
, covering standards harmonization, the compliance certification process and NHIN architecture.
With a $480,000 grant from ONCHIT
, AHIMA's Foundation for Research and Education will examine whether automated coding software can favorably reduce the incidence of attempted fraud.
Kroch was one of four economic advisors on contract with a national healthcare and human services consulting firm to help facilitate a project conducted by ONCHIT