ONC Public "Dashboard" Tracks EHR Payments, Progress
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is establishing a new system that will enable them and other interested parties to assess, improve, and publicize the effectiveness of ONC health information technology (IT) grants made to states and state-designated entities, according to a notice published Dec. 22, 2011 in the Federal Register. Through the “ONC Health IT Dashboard,” ONC and its partners intend to create datasets that will be used to evaluate and compare the progress of health care providers registered to receive incentive payments for electronic health record (EHR) implementation.
Individually-identifying information in the Dashboard system will pertain to individual office-based health care providers who are enrolled with the ONC Health IT Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and/or participate in other Federal IT-related grant programs, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs.
Privacy Act-protected information in this system will consist of an individual provider’s contact information, demographic information, and health IT implementation information, retrieved by the provider’s National Provider Identifier (NPI).
An aggregated form of this information will be made publicly available on ONC’s website.
An individual provider seeking to contest the content of information about him or her in this system should write to:
ONC Dashboard Administrator
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201
The provider should include his or her NPI. The request should reasonably identify the record, specify the information contested, state the corrective action sought, and provide the reasons for the correction, with supporting justification. The right to contest records is limited to information that is incomplete, irrelevant, incorrect, or untimely (i.e., obsolete).