For more information on Electronic Health Records and Health IT, visit the following federal Web sites:
General Web Sites
This general Health IT Web site has three sections for providers and professionals, patients and families, and policy leaders. It offers an organized approach to Electronic Health Records and Health IT. The site describes various programs managed by the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ONC is the federal office, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charged with leading the federal/state initiative on Electronic Health Records and Health IT. The Health IT.gov Web site served as the major resource from which information was pulled for the providers and professionals and the patients and families sections of the NJHIT site.
HealthIT Buzz blog: http://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog
This blog is produced by the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, which is the federal office, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charged with leading the federal/state initiative on Electronic Health Records and Health IT. The blog is produced for the healthcare sector, policy makers and consumers. The blog contains sections called EHR/EMR, Health Innovation, From the ONC Desk, and ONC programs.
Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT Twitter Site: http://twitter.com/#!/ONC_HealthIT
Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HHSONC
US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr
Federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and health information privacy.
Technical and Policy Web Sites
Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: http://healthit.hhs.gov
This is the policy and technical Web site for the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009. This Web site contains access to the federal advisory meetings and workgroups and the documents they have produced in addition to the work of ONC itself.
Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Official site for EHR Incentives Program, its policies, educational programs, and technical details.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health IT Resource Center: http://healthit.ahrq.gov
Shares research on best practices transforming quality, safety, and efficiency
Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center: http://www.pcmh.ahrq.gov
Developed by AHRQ with definitions, tools and resources for physicians, policy makers, and researchers
State Health Information Exchange Program: http://statehieresources.org
ONC site devoted to State HIE programs with priorities, approved state plans, state HIE contacts, and resources on ONC priority state HIE programs. This site may be phased out over time.
Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) blog: http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/faca
Carries articles from the two ONC Advisory Panels, Policy Committee and Standards Committee. Primarily used to seek feedback and occasional reports on committee work.
ONC Certified Health IT Product List: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert/CHPLHome
The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Each Complete EHR and EHR Module listed has been certified by an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) and reported to ONC. Only the product versions that are included on the CHPL are certified under the ONC Temporary Certification Program. To apply for EHR Incentive Program funds, this site needs to be used to obtain the CMS EHR Certification ID based on the specific EHR and EHR modules being used.
S&I Framework: http://siframework.org/accomplishments.html
The S&I Framework is a collaborative community of volunteers from the public and private sectors who are focused on providing the tools, services and guidance to facilitate the functional exchange of health information.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: http://innovations.cms.gov
CMS site: Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Innovation is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and ultimately for improving the health care system for all Americans. The Innovation Center has the resources and flexibility to rapidly test innovative care and payment models and encourage widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower cost.