In 2012, an additional set of resources, the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework Policies in Practice for Health Information Sharing (Policies in Practice), was developed as an addendum to the original Markle Common Framework to address a range of critical health information sharing implementation needs identified by experts working in the field.
The Policies in Practice aim to make the Markle Common Framework responsive to current implementation needs and more specific in some areas where additional guidance has been requested.
With Congress’ passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), net investments of approximately $19 billion were dedicated to support the growth of health information technology. In addition, the Patient Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PACA) relies on information tools to support many of its programs and grants.
Connecting for Health has worked intensively with collaborators to create consensus recommendations, applying the Markle Common Framework to a range of policy, technical, and governance questions created by these new investments. Connecting for Health collaborators continue to impact policy and implementation efforts throughout the country.
The Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings today emphasized the importance of new federal rules on health information technology.
The release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records marks a major, positive step forward in the nation’s efforts to improve health and health care.
The Interim Final Rule on health information technology standards marks a positive step forward in the nation’s efforts to improve health care.
Dramatic improvements in health and reductions in cost growth are achievable if efforts to boost health information technology are aligned with broader health care reform.
Today the Markle Foundation hosts a forum to discuss the $19 billion allocated to investments in health information technology under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
As part of our long-standing effort to improve individual access to personal health information, Markle challenged its Work Group on Consumer Engagement to identify potential breakthroughs that would allow consumers to benefit directly from the public investments in health IT being made through the Recovery Act.
This work group came up with the idea of a simple “blue button” for people to download their own health information. In less than a year, this idea became a reality—fully implemented by the Veterans Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a variety of private sector providers and payers. Innovators have shown that when consumers have access to their own information through a blue button download a variety of applications and services can be created to enhance the benefit of information access.
This Policies in Practice paper outlines recommended practices supported by over 50 organizations for protecting information as it is shared using the blue button.
Markle’s Survey on Health in a Networked Life 2010 showed strong support from both providers and the public for the blue button idea.