Health IT Buzz

Marching Forward: The Path to Operationalize TEFCA

By Elise Sweeney Anthony, Liz Palena Hall, & Mariann Yeager – On January 18, the ONC and the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity, The Sequoia Project, released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. The next key step for TEFCA is the release of resources to advance its operationalization, such as standard operating procedures.

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The STAR HIE Program Shines

By Larry Jessup, Laverne Perlie, Daisy Moossa, & Terah Tessier – The Strengthening the Technical Advancement & Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange Program (The STAR HIE Program) has made great strides in supporting public health agencies’ ability to exchange health information during times of emergency.


ONC Turns 18

By Steven Posnack – On April 27, 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order (EO) 13335 and created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Like tapping that first domino, this single action is a key moment in United States health IT history. Nearly two decades later, US policy and technology leadership in health IT is world-renowned.



Real World Testing Update: 100% of Developers Submit Plans to ONC

By Tony Myers & Asara Clark – One of the most important functions that the ONC performs is administering the ONC Health IT Certification Program. A critical aspect of the Program is to ensure that certified health IT meets established requirements in order to give confidence to users that the health IT performs in conformance with those requirements.




Inferno Redesigned: Easier, Faster, Extensible

By John Bender, Scott Bohon, Keith Carlson, & Kyle Cobb – ONC is excited to announce the launch of the Inferno Framework and the (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit, the new version of the testing method for the § 170.315(g)(10) criterion in the ONC Health IT Certification Program.


An Upcoming Milestone in Our Interoperability Journey

By Jeff Smith, Tony Myers, & Papia Paul – It’s going to be a busy year – a really busy year. In 2022, much of the promise of the 21st Century Cures Act comes to certified health IT near you. ONC dutifully monitors industry progress towards certification to the 2015 Edition Cures Update, which introduces new standards and functionalities that will benefit our health care system in a variety of ways.