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PCOR Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies

Monday, June 15, 2020

ONC recently <a href="">released results</a> from the <a href="">Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies project</a>, a collaborative effort conducted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable researchers to generate real-world evidence using data that address some women’s health issues. The project’s final report discusses the findings and lessons learned from development and testing of the <a href="">Women’s Health Technologies Coordinated Registry Network FHIR® Implementation Guide</a>.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Application Programming Interfaces in Health IT

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are powerful tools that help support interoperability in healthcare. Simply put, APIs allow a software “Application A” to interact with a software “Application B” without Application A needing to know how Application B’s software is designed internally. APIs can be used for several things, including the ability to for software applications to share information. From the example above, Application A could request information from Application B or ask Application B to place a pushpin on a map at a specific longitude and latitude.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Accelerating Precision in Public Health Surveillance and Response

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

When our communities face a health crisis, the research, clinical, and public health worlds come together and collaborate. Public health programs drive toward prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the population, but they need the support and guidance of data-driven research behind them every step of the way. While most of the data needed to accelerate research, and clinical and public health delivery come from traditional sources—such as clinical encounters and lab tests—data feeds from <a href="">nontraditional sources</a> ,<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Join Us at ONC’s Virtual Tech Forum on August 10-11, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Have you ever found yourself asking any of the following questions? <ul> <li>What advances are needed in application programming interfaces (APIs) to support faster, better and more scalable access to health information?</li> <li>What technical underpinnings would support future nationwide, trusted exchange?</li> <li>How can technology seamlessly interoperate across the continuum of care?</li> <li>How can data standards evolve to support expanding needs of healthcare?</li> </ul> Then we’ve got an exciting,<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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The C-CDA Scorecard Continues to Improve C-CDA Implementation across Health IT Settings

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

ONC is excited to announce the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) <a href="">Scorecard</a> 2.0. The updated Scorecard includes Health Level Seven International (HL7) approved best practices, quantitative scoring, a new user interface, updated issue checking, and performance is improved by 20 percent. The C-CDA Scorecard promotes best practices in C-CDA implementation by assessing key aspects of the structured data found in individual documents. It is designed to allow implementers to gain insight and information into industry best practices and usage overall.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A Look Ahead: Year Two for ONC and the Recognized Coordinating Entity for TEFCA

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

In August 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) awarded a cooperative agreement to The Sequoia Project to serve as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) to support implementation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The Sequoia Project has made great strides in meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. To keep this momentum going, ONC has committed approximately $1.1 million in year-two funding to our cooperative agreement with The Sequoia Project.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Empowering Patients to Advance Precision Medicine, One EHR at a Time

Monday, May 18, 2020

Electronic health record (EHR) systems store incredibly rich data about individual patients, but historically, individuals have been unable to access this information easily and share it for research. However, use of patients’ data could accelerate scientific discovery and progress toward precision medicine. Permitting patients to connect and share their data with researchers—while maintaining the security and privacy of those data—is just one of the many benefits to the research community of the ONC‘s <a href="">Cures Act Final Rule</a> released in March 2020.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Celebrating National Nurses Week: Reflections on Health Information Technology

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As we celebrate 200 years since Florence Nightingale’s birth and National Nurses Week comes to a close, the nurses at ONC would like to acknowledge the tremendous work being done on the front lines by our colleagues fighting this pandemic. We are extremely proud to be a part of such a noble profession and we humbly pay gratitude to all those tirelessly working to protect, preserve, and care for our nation’s health during this unique time in our history.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT

Thursday, May 7, 2020

This year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released three strategic documents that will help set a path forward for health IT. The <em>2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan</em>, the <em>Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs</em>, and the <em>National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda</em> are united in the aim to improve health,<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Clinical Genomics Data for Precision Medicine

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Genomic data—information about the complete set of genes that make up each individual—have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and usher in a new era of precision medicine and scientific discovery. However, there is currently no standard way of presenting genomic data, and the standards for integrating those data with electronic health record (EHR) and other health information technology (IT) systems remain under development. <h4>Sync for Genes and the Precision Medicine Initiative</h4> The <a href="">Sync for Genes</a> project is designed to pilot-test and demonstrate how genomic data can be used at the point of care and for research.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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