March 12, 2020
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March 12, 2020

MN HIMSS and Minnesota e-Health Initiative Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Now is the perfect opportunity to sponsor and exhibit at the event for our first ever collaborative conference: Beyond 2020 Vision: Create the Change on June 11, 2020 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center! Sponsoring and exhibiting is a fantastic way to connect with other health systems, vendors, and consultants to reach hundreds of Minnesota leaders and professionals from a range of settings who are making health information technology decisions and learning to leverage technology in new and exciting ways. Sponsorship information is online. A full prospectus will be available soon.

We are happy to share that Cris Ross, Chief Information Officer of Mayo Clinic, will be our keynote speaker! Prior to working at Mayo, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Clinical Interoperability business for Surescripts. He has 28 years of diverse experience in healthcare, information technology and government. Find out more about Cris here!

Updates and registration information will be posted to the MN HIMSS and Minnesota e-Health Initiative Conference webpage early spring.

Registration Open for gpTRAC Conference: Telehealth Everywhere 2020

Registration is now open for the Telehealth Everywhere 2020 Conference hosted by the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC). This event will take place May 17-19, 2020, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Mall of America. Do not miss the opportunity to hear from national and regional telehealth leaders on how to start and sustain a telehealth program. gpTRAC is one of several federally-funded regional telehealth resource centers to help health care providers in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

EHR Interoperability Increasing in Acute Care Hospitals

In a recent survey by the American Hospital Association, electronic health record (EHR) interoperability is continuing to increase for acute care hospitals and was up 17% from 2017 to 2018. Data integration increased the most at 9 percentage points and the ability to send, receive and find documents electronically all increased from 1 percentage point to 4 percentage points. Additionally, electronic availability of patient health information from outside sources also increased by 10% from 2015 to 2018, resulting in 56% of hospitals having electronic patient health information available at the point of care. (3/5) EHR Intelligence

ONC Releases Cures Act Final Rule

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Cures Act Final Rule that will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices. The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patients' access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system. For additional information on the final rule with overview information and fact sheets please see the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule website.

The ONC will be hosting informational webinars on information blocking and conditions of certifications this next week.

  • Information blocking provisions on March 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (CT), register online

  • Conditions of Certification on March 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (CT), register online

Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, outlining opportunities to put patients first by giving them better access to their health information. CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) identified technical standards to support data exchange through secure Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This secure, standards-based approach will help unleash innovation in health care, empower patients to be informed decision makers, and reduce burden on payers and providers. A fact sheet has been posted with more information on the new policies. There is also an informational call scheduled for April 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (CT). Register online.

As you continue to hear about COVID-19 in the news, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and coordinating entities are working hard to keep Minnesotans informed with reliable and up-to-date information. This information is found on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page of the MDH website. As of this posting, meetings organized by MDH, Center for Health Information Policy and Transformation will continue as planned. Please watch for updates as meetings may be adjusted accordingly.

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Updated Thursday, 02-Apr-2020 14:39:37 CDT