HHS Publishes EHR Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria IFR

HHS published today in the Federal Register:  “Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology”  75 FR 2013-2047.  This Interim Final Rule (IFR) is effective February 2, 2010.  Comments on the IFR may be submitted to HHS no later than March 15, 2010.  Here is the Summary from the IFR: “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this interim final rule with a request for comments to adopt an initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria, as required by section 3004(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act.  This interim final rule represents the first step in…


ONC’s Dr. Blumenthal Announces SHARP Program Funding Availability

Please read the following announcement released on December 18, 2009: A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Today the Obama administration announced the availability of $60 million in Recovery Act funds to support the development of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program. SHARP awards will fund research focused on identifying technology solutions to address well-documented problems impeding broad adoption of health information technology (health IT). By helping to overcome key challenges, the research will also accelerate progress towards achieving nationwide meaningful use of health IT. 

As we continue this unprecedented effort towards meaningful use and seamless, secure information exchange, we also must acknowledge…


HHS Secretary Delegates to ONC Head New HITECH Act Authority

Effective August 7, 2009, and published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has delegated authority to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, David Blumenthal, M.D., to administer “Subtitle B, ‘Incentives for the Use of health Information Technology,’ sections 3011 through 3017, with the exception of 3012(c)(5), the Financial Support subsection.”  These sections and titles, which appear on pages 132-144 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009, available on the hipaa.com site, include: 3011 Immediate Funding to Strengthen the Health Information Technology Infrastructure,…