News from NATE! – September 28, 2016

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Happy National Health IT Week!

NATE is a proud sponsor of National Health IT Week!  Here’s where you can find NATE during the rest of this week:

National Health IT Week Awards on Capitol Hill

NATE will join thought leaders and policy professionals to acknowledge the importance of working together to advance health through the use of IT. We’ll also recognize federal, state and congressional officials who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health IT in 2016.

ONC Twitter Chat on Model Privacy Notice for Consumers

NATE will join ONC and others at 2:00pm ET for a Twitter chat to discuss the redesign of the Model Privacy Notice (MPN).  Use hashtag #MPNchat to participate.  Similar to the Nutritional Facts label, the MPN provides a snapshot of a company’s existing privacy and security practices to help consumers make informed choices when selecting products that collect digital health information.  NATE worked with its members to respond to ONC’s Request for Information on the MPN earlier this year.

The Future of Health Data Sharing: Giving Consumers Private and Portable Access to Their Own Medical Records

NATE is looking forward to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s expert panel discussion about the future of medical data sharing and the steps Congress and the next administration can take to reduce health information blocking, give consumers access to their medical data, and fully realize the benefits of the health information revolution.


OpenNotes Welcomes New Advisory Board

Congratulations to OpenNotes on the announcement of their new Advisory BoardOpenNotes is a national movement that urges doctors, nurses and other health care providers to share the notes they write with the patients they care for. Advisory Board members will help guide OpenNotes’ efforts to use the fully transparent medical record as a vehicle to improve doctor and patient communication, increase patient engagement and safety, as well as provide opportunities for efficiencies in health care delivery and the potential to improve health outcomes for patients.

OpenNotes Advisory Board members include:

  • Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Fries Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School
  • Dave deBronkart (also known as “e-Patient Dave”), stage IV kidney cancer survivor and one of the world’s leading advocates for patient engagement
  • James Guest, JD, Former President and CEO of Consumer Reports
  • John Halamka, MD, MS, International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess System
  • Susan R. Mende, BSN, MPH, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
  • Jeffrey Rayport, PhD, award-winning educator at Harvard Business School
  • Elaine Ryan, MPA, Vice President for Governmental Affairs at AARP
  • Jill Shah, Founder and Former CEO of Jill’s List
  • Kate Walsh, MPH, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center
  • Mark Wietecha, MS, MBA, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA)

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National Academy of Medicine:
Information Technology Interoperability and Use for Better Care and Evidence: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care

Excerpt: “The first national goal for HIT has been largely realized. Nearly all hospitals use EHRs to manage patient care, as do growing numbers of physician practices, ancillary care facilities, and other sites of care. The other three goals of the HIT plan have not been realized. Efforts to aggregate and share information for specific patients longitudinally among providers have been aggressively pursued with some success but have been hindered by financial conflicts, proprietary barriers, legacy technology, obsolete regulations, and other challenges. Personalized consumer health information, although enjoying some advances in the form of portals and other online access tools, has not become widely used by consumers for a variety of reasons, including a lack of functionality and interoperability. Likewise, data-intensive sectors of health care – such as clinical trials, public-health surveillance, and quality measurement – have not transformed their methods and rules to take advantage of the ubiquity of electronic health information.” Read more…

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT:
Data Brief #38: Electronic Capabilities for Patient Engagement among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2012-2015

Excerpt: “Since 2013, there has been a significant increase in the percent of hospitals that provide patients the ability to electronically view, download, and transmit their health information.  As of 2015, disparities exist in the adoption of view, download, and transmit functionalities between large hospitals and other types of hospitals (e.g., medium, small and Critical Access Hospitals).  The number and variety of patient engagement functionalities offered by hospitals continued to increase significantly in 2015.”  Read more…



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