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In an age when financial records move from nation to nation digitally, and everything from drivers licenses to school records are kept in a digital format, most doctors offices and hospitals still maintain reams and reams of cumbersome and inefficient paper medical records for patients. But now, the Department of Health and Human Services is about to seek public comment on "the holy grail" for health care providers: a fully electronic, digital health record system for the everyone.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will approval organizations to test and certify electronic health records hardware and software. Vendors should be able to submit products to be evaluated this fall.
New entity will be led by eight agencies, including OPM, VA and DoD. The focus will be on policy development, coordination and implementation of federal health IT.
NRC issued a solicitation for a variety of IT services that serves as a lynchpin to changing how it meets its mission. HHS sees open government and health care reform as the spark, while DHS continues to move toward the OneDHS concept.
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Federal CTO Chopra points to HHS, DoD as examples of how departments are embracing the new concept. He says open government directive in final stages.
After the Office of Special Counsel intervened on their behalf, two federal whistleblowers won a 45-day stay on personnel actions taken against them.
Several agencies and other countries are using the The National Information Exchange Model framework to create common vocabularies for everything from orange juice production to cybersecurity and health care. Kshemendra Paul, the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, said the U.S., Mexico and Canada have signed an agreement to run pilots using standards based on NIEM for pandemic and public safety information sharing.
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to use information technology to give patients greater access to their own health records. The agency is proposing new rules that would allow Americans to get direct, secure, electronic access to their own test results, directly from laboratories. HHS is also creating a template for electronic personal health records. The idea is to standardize the information in simple way, similar to nutrition facts labels. HHS thinks they'll help build public trust in the systems set up by personal health record companies.