ONC Co-chairs Paul Tang, MD, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Farzad Mostashari, New York City Health Department outlined the criteria for 2011 objectives and measures including:
- Capturing data in coded format;
- Documenting progress note for each encounter (outpatient only);
- Using CPOE for all order types (using e-prescribing and drug and allergy checks;
- Managing populations (generating list of patients by specific conditions and sending patient reminders);
- Engaging patients and their families in their health (providing access to personal health information, educational resources and encounters of clinical summaries);
- Improving care coordination (exchanging clinical info among providers and performing medication reconciliation);
- Improving Population and Public Health (submitting electronic data to immunization registries, electronic labs to public health agencies, and electronic syndrome surveillance data to public health agencies); and
- Complying with HIPAA Rules and state laws, and with fair data sharing practices set forth in the National Privacy and Security Framework.
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