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Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Fellows Program – Applications due August 6th Midnight EST

NACCHO’s Informatics Team would like to promote The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Fellows Program. Applications are due August 6th at Midnight EST to Please see below for more information regarding this exciting opportunity!

It’s time once again to nominate providers, office staff, and administrators to join the Health IT Fellows program. The Fall 2014 Health IT Fellows class will continue to build upon the current HIT Fellow work around ground-level insight on meaningful use as the foundation for quality improvement and health reform. The work of the Health IT Fellows program has been invaluable in providing enormous depth in information on key issues that affect providers everywhere.

We are seeking Fellows that are clinical champions in their practices and local communities, serving as advanced primary care providers and administrators proficient in the use and understanding of health information technology to drive care delivery transformation, with a particular eye to the specifics of HOW this transformation happens. In order to beconsidered as a Fellow in the Fall 2014 class, it is mandatory that nominees be working with an ONC grantee (REC, HIE, etc) and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that they participate in at least one CMMI program (CPC, SSP ACO, etc).

Ground Rules

  • Variety is Encouraged: Please nominate providers, administrators, and office staff from a variety of setting types (small practice, CAH, CHC, etc.) to ensure well-rounded expertise. We are particularly interested in expanding our diversity of HIT Fellow backgrounds such as RNs, NPs, and PAs, although clinical champions all are welcome!
  • Health IT Fellows MUST have achieved Meaningful Use Stage 1 orhave sufficient documentation that MU achievement is in process
  • One Fellow selected per practice/organization: if must nominate two please nominate provider and administrator; selection committee will only choose one Fellow per organization
  • Submissions MUST utilize nomination template and consent form provided although may have additional supporting documentation included
  • Previous applicants will be considered but MUST meet the requirements as listed above
    • If the initial application did not indicate participation in a CMMI model or quality improvement program, please update application with pertinent information and resubmit


  • Final submissions (including signed consent form) due August 6th at Midnight EST sent to
  • Please be sure to include completed application, consent form, and IF desired a short bio and picture (white background preferred) of Fellow as these will be requested upon entrance into the program
  • Application review and selection of Fellows: August 7th-8th
  • Fellows announced week of August 11th    
  • In-person meeting scheduled for late September/early October 2014

Fall 2014 Class of Health IT Fellows Notes

  • Fall 2014 Fellowship runs from September 1, 2014 for  ~5-7 months, with potential opportunity for renewal
  • Compensation for participation in the Health IT Fellows Program by ONC is unavailable at this time
  • Fellows will be chosen based on commitment to making MU meaningful and their passion to serve as a champion within their community and on a national scale

For more information please check out the website or if you would like to submit an application please follow the instructions and complete the forms in the documents below.

Fall 2014 Health IT Fellow Nominations Flier

Fall 2014 Health IT Fellow Nomination

Health IT Fellow Release Form


HIMMS and NACCHO Announce the Public Health and HIE Toolkit

NACCHO, in collaboration with the Health Information Management Systems Society, have worked together to create the Public Health & HIE Toolkit. This tool was designed to help public health officials understand, engage, and participate in Health Information Exchange.

“The first priority of local health departments is to make it easier for people to be healthy and safe. Health information technology increases the capacity of local health departments to be able to do that. The new Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit for Public Health will allow local health departments to automatically receive and analyze electronic health data to identify diseases that affect our communities, and it will enable local health departments to improve public health surveillance and response to those diseases,” said Roland Gamache, Ph.D., MBA, Senior Director of Informatics at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). “NACCHO was pleased to collaborate with HIMSS on this important resource. We value the partnership role we play with HIE organizations.”

The Toolkit was developed to help public health departments understand:

  • What HIE services are and what types of organizations are providing them.
  • How a health department might use or support such services.
  • How to assess whether the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile.

Local health departments use heath information to manage the well-being of their communities. This information includes syndromic surveillance, laboratory results, and immunization records. Local health departments are both users and contributors of health data. This toolkit will help local health departments decide the most advantageous way to participate in HIE. The following link will take you to an infographic that explains the relationship between public health and HIE.

“The Public Health & HIE Toolkit includes clear and concise organization and core information. The tools included in it will assist our department in analyzing HIE opportunities for risks and benefits; preparing recommendations for policy and resource allocation and developing needed data use agreements. I anticipate consulting the toolkit over the next few years, as we move toward health information exchange in our community,” said Kathy Cook, Information and Fiscal manager, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

You can read the full press release on the HIMSS website.

BioSense Usability Testing at NACCHO Annual – Tuesday and Wednesday July 8-9, 2014!

Please see the below invite for an exciting opportunity on BioSense usability testing at the NACCHO Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014!

The BioSense Redesign team would like to invite you to participate in our one-on-one usability testing sessions at the upcoming NACCHO conference in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014. Below you will find further details. Thank you for your interest.

The CDC BioSense Program provides local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situation awareness. BioSense has been redesigned by RTI International to shift the program’s focus to meet the needs of stakeholders and end users in state and local health departments, CDC programs, hospitals, and other federal agencies (i.e. DoD and VA) to improve regional and national coverage. You can learn more about the Program by watching this brief video: and visiting the BioSense Collaboration Site

A major part of the redesign is to conducting one-on-one user testing sessions with potential users of BioSense 2.0. This allows us to collect feedback which is then used make enhancements and updates to the application.

We are attending the upcoming NACCHO conference with the hope of meeting public health professionals to conduct user testing and discuss the application. We are particularly interested in working with epidemiologists and those responsible for disease surveillance activities in their health departments.

By taking part in this evaluation, you have the opportunity to influence the design of BioSense 2.0. If you are interested in meeting with us, please contact us at and we will work with you to schedule a convenient time.

The session will consist of three activities:


We’ll provide you with an introduction to the BioSense 2.0 application and demonstrate some of its features. You’ll be free to ask anything you like about the application.

Scenario-based process

We will describe real-world scenarios to you, and ask you to use the application to work through the activities. The computer used to complete the tasks on BioSense 2.0 will capture data such as time on task, navigation of the site, and visual areas of interest that will help us to determine the best redesign of BioSense 2.0.

Complete the System Usability Scale

In this final portion of the session, we will ask you to complete a few questions about your experience with the system.

Please click on the below link for more information