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Leveraging standardized clinical data to advance discovery

Friday, July 31, 2020

Opportunity knocks for NIH researchers, who will be able to leverage clinical data from electronic health record (EHR) systems with increased frequency and consistency. The passage of the <a href="">21st Century Cures Act</a> (Cures Act) has charted a path toward increasing access to and interoperability of electronic health information for clinical care. This, in turn, has paved the way to leverage relevant policies, systems, and infrastructure to accelerate research. In parallel, researchers have been challenged to make data from a single research study,<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Supporting Health IT for the Pediatric Care Continuum

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Over the past decade, ONC has worked with health information technology (health IT) developers, standards development organizations, healthcare providers, patient advocates, health information exchange (HIE) administrators, state public health agencies, and other stakeholders to advance an interoperable health IT infrastructure across the country. ONC has also worked to expand access to health IT solutions across the care continuum to support medical specialty care and sites of service. We have heard from healthcare and health IT developer communities that there is a need to connect broadly applicable standards and functions to more specific and clinically relevant tools and resources for key clinical use cases.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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USCDI ONC New Data Element and Class Submission System Now Available

Monday, July 27, 2020

The wait is finally over! The <a href="">ONC Cures Act Final Rule</a> went into effect on June 30, 2020, and since its release one of the most common questions ONC has received is <em>when and how can we submit proposals for new data elements in USCDI?</em> The answer is, now! The United States Core for Data Interoperability (USCDI) <a href="">ONC New Data Element and Class (ONDEC)</a> submission system is now open. The ONDEC system gives you the opportunity to submit new data elements and data classes through this ongoing,<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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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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