The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here is what they are doing and reporting. Follow them @ONC_HealthIT. Sign up for their email updates.
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— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) January 22, 2023
Health IT Advisory Committee
Wednesday, 2/08/23, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
Register for Upcoming TEFCA Webinars
The TEFCA RCE continues to host public stakeholder sessions for input as TEFCA is developed and implemented.
TEFCA RCE Monthly Informational Call
Third Tuesday of Each Month | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
News & Announcements
What’s new in Draft USCDI v4? The Standards Bulletin is your go-to source for details on what is included and the prioritization approach applied to USCDI Version 3. Check it out now https://t.co/DFha2LNNLz #USCDI #healthIT pic.twitter.com/fmWRa6GHie
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) January 17, 2023
We’ve released the 2023 ISA Reference Edition, a newly updated catalog of curated standards and implementation specifications. Here’s a summary of what’s new in 2023: https://t.co/SdXM1227j1 #healthdata pic.twitter.com/q4VUjHGVHA
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) January 10, 2023
GAO Announces HITAC Appointments
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) just announced 7 newly appointed members of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. Join us in welcoming Kikelomo Belizare, MD, MPH, MBA; Shila Blend, PhD, MS; Hannah Galvin, MD, FAAP, FAMIA; Bryant Thomas Karras, MD; Anna McCollister; Deven McGraw, JD, MPH; and Naresh Sundar Rajan, PhD, MS to the HITAC!
Use of patient portals is growing, yet disparities still exist around patients’ access and use of their online medical records. Learn about the disparities in patient access trends and what ONC is doing to enable #healthequity https://t.co/iuiN0XKyqq
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) January 20, 2023
ONC's Cures Act Final Rule
In May of 2020 the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program released by the ONC and published in the Federal Register. Here is a quick timeline.
- 6/30/20 – General Effective Date
- 4/5/21 – Compliance requirements start for information blocking, assurance, and API
- 4/5/21 – HIT developers prohibited from restricting certain communications
- 12/15/21 – Submit initial real world testing plans
- 4/1/22 – 1st attestation to conditions of Cert required
- 12/31/22 – New HL7 FHIR API capability and other update criteria must be made available
- 3/15/23 – Submit initial real world testing results
- 12/31/23 – EHI export capability must be made available
From the Health IT Buzz Blog – Learn more about HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Check out the latest blog posts:
- Evidence on the Growing Use of Health IT to Address the Opioid Epidemic
- ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee: 2022 Recap and a Look Ahead to 2023
- 2023 ISA Reference Edition Is Here
- Disparities in Patient Access to Electronic Health Information: Insights from a National Survey
- ONC Supports Adoption and Implementation of Bulk Data APIs
- Not-So-Hidden Gems in the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule: Get to Know the Conditions of Certification
Spotlighting Interoperability Proving Ground Programs
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) is an open, community platform where you can share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation. ONC is asking those working on COVID-19 interoperability projects to share your project on the IPG and tag it with #COVID-19. We’re reviewing every entry to identify opportunities for connection and collaboration among the community on these critical efforts.
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is: Argonaut Phase 2 Implementation & Testing – Developing a Web Based Client – This is a personal project to test the FHIR and Security standards, that are currently being tested as part of the Argonaut Phase 2 Implementation & Testing Project. The project is currently developing a web based client that connects securely (via SMART OAuth2 profiles) to various FHIR servers that are being deployed by participants of the Argonaut project. Once the Argonaut phase 2 implementation is completed, the application will be deployed on the internet.
Learn how your interoperability project can be featured as an IPG Spotlight by visiting the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG). Once a project is submitted or updated, projects will automatically be added to the feature queue to be randomly selected as a featured project.
ONC Interoperability Pledge
Companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide as well as the top five largest health care systems in the country have agreed to implement three core commitments: Consumer Access, No Blocking/Ensuring Transparency, and Standards. The ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) wants vendors to sign a pledge. Is your vendor pledging? Find out who is on the list.