ONC: Issues with healthcare may require assistance and innovation from private sector

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced that it is pushing the private sector to help fix problems in healthcare, InformationWeek reports.

Thomas Tsang, medical director of meaningful use and quality for the ONC told the news source that innovation within the industry is needed. For instance, he highlighted the Standards and Interoperability Framework, which is an effort to bring a wide range of industry stakeholders together to set standards and to share the best practices for improving electronic health records (EHR).

Tsang added that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has attempted to create some similarities between the meaningful use EHR incentive program and other regulations to make it easier for healthcare providers to meet standards.

These programs highlight the need for companies to hire health informatics degree holders. Professionals in this field help healthcare providers create and implement EHR systems as well as assess and innovate existing ones.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for computer and information systems managers are expected to increase by 17 percent over the next seven years.

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