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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments – July 9, 2013

On July 2, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT released its “HIT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan” in follow-up to the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report on “HIT and Patient Safety.”  The plan explores ways to move forward on enhancing the safety of HIT, and using HIT to improve the safety of patient care.

On July 9, ONC published two papers in Health Affairs regarding EHR adoption (not meaningful use, per se) by physicians and hospitals. The physician paper relies on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics’ “National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey – Electronic Health Records Survey,” which does not include data on EHR technology adoption by radiologists, anesthesiologists, or pathologists.

On July 9, during the ONC HIT Policy Committee’s 50th monthly meeting, ONC announced the departure of MacKenzie Robertson, FACA Program Director in the ONC’s Office of Policy and Planning. Ms. Robertson handled the primary ONC staffing responsibilities for the full HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee. She will be (temporarily) replaced by Michelle Nelson, ONC staff lead for the Meaningful Use Workgroup.