Health Information Technology (Health IT) is an evolving infrastructure that supports the management of health information and secure information exchange across computerized systems to enhance healthcare quality and delivery.
Telehealth Guidance & Resources
Telehealth encompasses many modes of communication and transfer of healthcare data between healthcare professionals and their patients, including telemedicine (video visits), telephone visits and remote patient monitoring. This section offers guidance on clinical use cases, technology, regulations and waivers, and billing and coding.
Interoperability and Information Blocking Regulations
Resources regarding the ONC and CMS final regulations aimed at improving interoperability and patient access to electronic health information.
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Communications and Application Programming Interface (API) Conditions of Certification:
As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress established seven conditions of certification for certified health information technology (IT). In December 2022, ONC released materials explaining two of those conditions of certification—the Communications Condition of Certification (“Communications Condition”) and the Application Programming Interface Condition of Certification (“API Condition"). These materials from ONC provide information about these two conditions of certification and describe required, prohibited, and permitted practices of certified health IT developers under the 21st Century Cures Act.
Health IT Playbook
The Health IT Playbook was developed by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and designed to provide practical, technical, and workflow assistance including tools and resources that providers and practices can leverage when implementing and optimizing health IT, including electronic health records (EHRs).
Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center
Provides tools and resources for the development, testing, certification, implementation, reporting, continuous evaluation of electronic clinical quality measures and their improvement.
- Method for Reporting Quality Measures Using a QCDR: An overview of ACP's Genesis Registry, a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) for quality improvement.
HIMSS Resource Center
Provides actionable insights into health information and technology topics from HIMSS subject matter experts.
Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)
ONC tool providing comprehensive list of health IT that have been tested and certified through the ONC Certification Program.
National Broadband Map
This is particularly helpful for providers in the EHR Incentive Programs that need to determine their broadband download speed for exclusion criteria.
Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2020-2025
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plan outlines federal health IT goals and objectives, with a focus on improving the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information and individuals’ access to their electronic health information.
ONC Health IT Complaint Form
ONC tool for users to share issues and concerns related to health IT products including health IT certification, safety, usability, and information blocking claims.
Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPSC) Toolkit
HIPSC addresses barriers to health information exchange and aims to effectively address privacy and security issues pertinent to electronic health information exchange through multi-state collaboration. The purpose of the toolkit is to increase provider awareness of the privacy and security benefits and challenges of HIE.
ACP Health IT Advocacy Positions
Read what the College has to say about health IT.
Health IT Leadership Roundtable (March 2020) Future of Interoperability and Secure Consumer Access to Health Care Data White Paper
In January 2020, several different organizations joined to host a Health IT Leadership Roundtable to provide an opportunity to find common ground in identifying ongoing patient health information access and interoperability challenges – and to find solutions. This White Paper summarizes many of the key conversations and perspectives raised during the Roundtable, and provides recommendations for moving forward.
Health IT Leadership Roundtable (July 2020) The New Normal of Care Delivery: How COVID-19 Accelerated the Adoption and Use of Virtual Care and What’s Next White Paper
In July 2020, several different organizations came together to host a Health IT Leadership Roundtable to provide an opportunity to find common ground in assessing the future of virtual care and what steps are needed to enable its success. This White Paper summarizes the key conversations and perspectives, as well as recommendations resulting from the Roundtable discussions.
Health IT Leadership Roundtable (December 2021) Harnessing Data to Advance Health Outcomes for All White Paper
In October 2021, several different organizations convened a Health IT Leadership Roundtable to discuss using health data to advance health equity and public health systems. This White Paper summarizes key recommendations, including that health IT principles (such as data access, data standardization, interoperability, and privacy and security) should be implemented to advance health equity and public health systems.
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