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ONC is looking for a few good--Entrepreneurs

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking to fill two paid, mid-to-senior level 13-month fellowships for its HHS Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIR) Program. The positions are in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Program Integrity (CPI) in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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May 7: ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria Webinar

ONC invites you to hear from the experts about the proposed 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria rule. At 2:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 7, ONC will host a detailed session on the proposed 2015 Edition rule.

During this webinar you will get an overview of the components of the 2015 Edition proposed rule; a summary of the differences between previous editions of certification criteria and certification policies and the 2015 Edition proposed rule; and important milestones and timelines related to the proposed rule.

ONC: Health IT Adoption, Use Has Improved Patient Safety

The increased adoption of electronic health records and other health IT has improved patient safety, according to an issue brief by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 4/28).

JAMA study: HITECH Helped Promote EHR Use, but Usability Issues Remain

While the recent push to adopt health IT systems has helped to improve care and reduce costs, issues with usability and interoperability require further federal attention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, FierceHealthIT rep

Proposed Expansion of the Safety-Enhanced Design requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 3

ONC document on Federal Register


Click here for Update: The Final Rule for the 2015 edition certification has been released.

On page 191 of the 431 page document from ONC about the proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program for Stage 3, ONC begins to identify several significant changes to the Safety-enhanced Design (a.k.a.usability) testing requirements.

SOFTWARE ACT COULD CREATE SAFETY PROBLEMS

Research published finds that the laboratory graphs displayed by many commercial EHRs present information in potentially dangerous ways.

The authors urged ONC to stringently oversee testing of the software - although FDA has said it won't regulate it.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association examined the presentation of clinical lab test results in eight EHRs and found that most failed to graph the data in completely clear ways.

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