SAVE THE DATE: September 15, 2014 (Washington DC) 4th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) invites you to save the date and join them in D.C. on September 15th to celebrate advancements to equip and empower people through access to their health information and technology to better manage their health and health care.

The Summit will feature:

Perspective: The Convergence of Provider Creativity and Health IT

by Donald Voltz

Medicine is not often thought of as a creative industry. We focus instead on science and evidence. Behind the science is a group of driven individuals who are focused on problem solving.

The patient's chart is a collection of information and a record of the thoughts and decisions of those who interact with that patient. Gone is the day of a literary description of a patient's ailments, the physician's thoughts and evidence to support the diagnosis and treatment plan. The medical record was a place to follow the often winding path of patient care. 

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension!

ONC Challenge for Improving Hypertension

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC), in conjunction with the Million Hearts Initiative, has launched its newest prize challenge, EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension!

In Phase 1, the challenge seeks to identify the practices that have used clinical decision support to implement the most successful evidence-based blood pressure treatment protocols. ONC will then reward organizations that can spread these tools for use by the most providers in Phase 2.

Medical Experts Emphasize Role of Health IT in Patient Safety

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Medical experts told members of Congress that health IT solutions, such as electronic health records, are falling short in efforts to improve patient safety, Healthcare IT News reports (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 7/18).

HIMSS EHR Group Urges CMS, ONC To Release Final Meaningful Use

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The HIMSS EHR Association in a letter urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS to quickly issue a final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use reporting requirements and to delay the start of Stage 3 until at least 2018, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 7/11).