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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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/Uwk3gvMeHig" 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="https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/">Cures Act Final Rule</a> released in March 2020.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/MAjQj4VT2IM" 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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/rpmISO-PTrw" 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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/2ZoJ84Hiq04" 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="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/sync-genes">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="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/isOsBLdsLSI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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What You Need to Know About the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Now that the dust has settled ever so slightly on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Cures Act Final Rule, we wanted to dive a little deeper into the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification provisions. <h4>What exactly are the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification? </h4> For background, Section 4002 of the 21st Century Cures Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements for the ONC Health IT Certification Program.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/OlzlB1pELg8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Standards for Everyday Life: Integrating Emerging Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine

Thursday, April 9, 2020

We know SDOH—the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play—impact our health, delivery of care, and coordination of services in many ways. However, SDOH data are often captured outside the healthcare setting, and this information is not shared consistently during the course of care. Meanwhile, the increasing use of sensors and wearables provides a unique opportunity to capture “care between care,” allowing patients, caregivers, and clinicians to monitor health status and adjust treatment as needed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/yBxtKADtkVk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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A Snapshot of ONC’s Global Health IT Efforts

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On today’s World Health Day, I’d like to give you an inside look at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) global health IT work. Advancing digital health (or e-health) is gaining worldwide momentum as nations seek to leverage health IT. While each country and jurisdiction has a different approach to healthcare, global digital health advancements are becoming a common thread across the world. <h4>Collaborations with the European Union and the United Kingdom</h4> In December 2010,<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/aZvmbGWbR_M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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The Application of Machine Learning to Address Kidney Disease

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

During National Kidney Month, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) joins communities across the country to raise awareness about kidney disease and to highlight our efforts to support patients through research. In particular, ONC is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to enhance data infrastructure for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) through a project advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning called <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/topic/scientific-initiatives/pcor/machine-learning">Training Data for Machine Learning to Enhance PCOR Data Infrastructure</a> (the PCOR Machine Learning Project).<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/B3QhWdxa5e4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Calling all COVID-19 Health IT Projects

Monday, March 30, 2020

Just over four years ago, I <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/interoperability-proving-ground">announced the launch</a> of the <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/techlab/ipg/">Interoperability Proving Ground</a> (IPG), an open, community platform where you can share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation. If you’re working on a COVID-19 interoperability project, you will have the ability to share it with your colleagues through the IPG and tag it “COVID-19.” You can also quickly get to COVID-19 tagged projects by clicking this <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/techlab/ipg/?tag=COVID-19">link</a>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/healthitbuzzblog/~4/kDnAK7D_whQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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