Lucia Savage has been tapped to replace Joy Pritts as the new chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the agency announced Tuesday.
While eligible provider participation in the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program is robust, participants’ ability to exchange health information with other providers has been lackluster, according to an annual report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
A focus on “what we have in common” to achieve interoperable health information exchange in the US was the message David R. Hunt, MD, FACS, medical director, health IT adoption and patient safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provided during an update on ONC’s efforts at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC) in Baltimore, MD on Monday.
As adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and the exchange of health information has grown in recent years, so too has the need to make sure health IT systems can “talk” to each other. In a blog post introducing a paper on interoperability from ONC, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, explains that the agency has “heard loudly and clearly that interoperability is a national priority.”
Building on its status as having one of the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates in the US, North Dakota recently announced the launch of its statewide health information exchange (HIE). North Dakota’s Health Information Technology Director Sheldon Wolf has been working with other state officials to develop the HIE for over four years. Wolf hopes to see quality of care improvements and lowered costs within a year of the HIE’s launch.