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E Pluribus Unum

Friday, August 5, 2022

<p>As our nation transitions to a digital healthcare system, our stakeholders are discovering new opportunities for using health information technology to advance health care delivery, public health, and research to improve people’s lives. The federal government is no exception in this regard; agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are beginning to leverage the data and capabilities available through electronic health records for a broad range of federal activities and programs, including product safety and surveillance,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/e-pluribus-unum">E Pluribus Unum</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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APIs for Research: Perspectives from Providers

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

<p>The <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/what-it-means-for-me/clinicians">Cures Act Final Rule</a> includes regulatory requirements to implement secure, standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs). To support the acceleration of API adoption in health care, ONC has published a <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/scientific-initiatives/accelerating-apis-scientific-discovery">series</a> of perspective reports that focus on key stakeholders and their views on APIs.<br /> <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/page/2022-08/Accelerating_APIs_Provider_Perspective.pdf"><em>Accelerating APIs for Scientific Discovery: Provider Perspectives Brief  [PDF &#8211; 740 KB] </em></a>is now available. This fourth and final report explored provider perspectives on API-based data sharing in a rapidly evolving electronic health data ecosystem.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-data/apis-for-research-perspectives-from-providers">APIs for Research: Perspectives from Providers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Time to Chime In: ISA Comment Period Is Now Open

Thursday, July 28, 2022

<p>It’s that time of year again! The annual comment period for the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/isa">Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)</a> will be open from July 28 &#8211; September 30. This is an opportunity for you to provide comments, suggest revisions, and propose additions to the ISA before we publish the 9th Annual ISA Reference Edition in January 2023. Of course, you are welcome to provide comments on the ISA at any time during the year, but please submit your comments by September 30th if you would like your suggestions to be considered as part of the 2023 ISA Reference Edition!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/time-to-chime-in-isa-comment-period-is-now-open">Time to Chime In: ISA Comment Period Is Now Open</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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An Innovative Program to Expand the Use of HIE Data for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

<p>ONC is excited to announce “<a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/research-evaluation/using-machine-learning-techniques-enable-health-information-exchange">Using Machine Learning Techniques to Enable Health Information Exchange to Support COVID-19-Focused PCOR</a>,” a<a href="https://aspe.hhs.gov/index.php/collaborations-committees-advisory-groups/os-pcortf"> Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund project</a> implementing new technologies and standards to unlock the potential for health information exchanges (HIEs) to support research.<br /> This project will pilot the use of a novel, privacy-preserving machine learning technique called <a href="https://splitlearning.mit.edu/">split learning</a> in several HIEs to understand its applicability and suitability for widespread adoption by HIEs.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/an-innovative-program-to-expand-the-use-of-hie-data-for-patient-centered-outcomes-research">An Innovative Program to Expand the Use of HIE Data for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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ONC Staff Feature: JaWanna L. Henry

Thursday, July 21, 2022

<h4>How does your division/office fit into ONC?</h4> <p>I work in OTECH’s Technical Strategy and Analysis Division, which is responsible for the technical strategy and analysis around ONC’s key health IT initiatives and policies through external and internal coordination and collaboration, standards development, real-world implementations, piloting technologies, conducting research, data analysis, and monitoring/reporting on health IT trends. <br /> My team (the Strategic Initiatives Branch) focuses on conducting real-world testing, piloting, and the implementation of standards and technologies in collaboration with other ONC divisions,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/inside-onc/onc-blog-staff-feature-jawanna-l-henry">ONC Staff Feature: JaWanna L. Henry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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We Can Attest: 100% Compliance for First-Time Attestations

Thursday, July 14, 2022

<p>Health IT Modules certified through the ONC Health IT Certification Program provide end users with confidence that the technology they depend on to provide care lives up to its certified capabilities. This confidence includes the actions and business practices required of Certified Health IT Developers through the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/conditions-maintenance-certification">Conditions and Maintenance of Certification</a> requirements, which collectively promote interoperability and foster competition in health IT. The 21st Century Cures Act required ONC to include attestations as a Condition of Certification in the Certification Program,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/we-can-attest-100-compliance-for-first-time-attestations">We Can Attest: 100% Compliance for First-Time Attestations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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New Testing Method Available for Standardized API Criterion

Thursday, July 7, 2022

<p>ONC has approved the Drummond Group’s <a href="https://www.drummondgroup.com/compliance/payer-and-patient-access-certification/"> Drummond G10+ FHIR API powered by Touchstone</a> tool, a new alternative test method (ATM) for testing conformance to ONC’s <a href="https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-45/subtitle-A/subchapter-D/part-170#p-170.315(g)(10)">§170.315(g)(10) <em>Standardized API for patient and population services</em></a> certification criterion. Through this new ATM, software developers will now have a new option for conformance testing in addition to the previously approved <a href="https://inferno.healthit.gov/onc-certification-g10-test-kit">Inferno (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit</a>. The approval of Drummond’s testing method continues ONC’s mission to further diversify the suite of test methods used as part of the ONC Health IT Certification Program.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/new-testing-method-available-for-standardized-api-criterion">New Testing Method Available for Standardized API Criterion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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Key Themes from HITAC Hearing on Health Equity by Design

Thursday, June 30, 2022

<p>As part of ONC’s efforts to <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/embracing-health-equity-by-design">embrace the concept of health equity by design</a>, ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) held a hearing in March to explore equity considerations in health IT featuring expert panelists from the fields of health equity, health IT, and health data exchange.<br /> <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/hitac/events/health-it-advisory-committee-43">Panelists</a> drew from their experience working to advance health equity in distinct sectors, including practicing clinical medicine, developing technology for healthcare, and working to foster data sharing between healthcare and community-based organizations.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-information-technology-advisory-committee/key-themes-from-hitac-hearing-on-health-equity-by-design">Key Themes from HITAC Hearing on Health Equity by Design</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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What’s New in the 2022 Approved Standards via Standards Version Advancement Process

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

<p>We are pleased to announce the publication of the <em>Approved Standards for 2022</em> for our annual Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP). The SVAP is designed to make ONC’s Certification program responsive to industry needs by allowing for better alignment to industry efforts for standards advancement, removing barriers for standards development and version updates, and improving the ability for health IT developers to provide relevant, timely, and innovative solutions to their clients.<br /> Beginning August 29,</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/whats-new-in-the-2022-approved-standards-via-standards-version-advancement-process">What’s New in the 2022 Approved Standards via Standards Version Advancement Process</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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FAST Continues FHIR Scalability Work as a New HL7 FHIR Accelerator

Thursday, June 23, 2022

<p>The HL7® Fast Heathcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR ®) at Scale Taskforce (FAST) initiative has officially left the nest and taken flight!  In 2017, ONC spearheaded the FHIR at Scale Taskforce, a public-private partnership with industry stakeholders, to accelerate the scalability of FHIR across the industry. Since its inception, FAST grew larger and shifted focus from identifying FHIR scalability challenges to proposing new solutions, including new standards development, so it made sense for FAST to find a new home.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-it/fast-continues-fhir-scalability-work-as-a-new-hl7-fhir-accelerator">FAST Continues FHIR Scalability Work as a New HL7 FHIR Accelerator</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog">Health IT Buzz</a>.</p>

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