What’s Happening at the ONC – 2/20/23

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.


ONC’s Social Determinants of Health Information Exchange Learning Forum

When: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
Register for this event.

ONC is excited to continue hosting the ONC Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Information Exchange Learning Forum, which brings together health care providers, community-based organizations, government, payers, health information exchange networks, IT platform developers, innovators, and other partners to share lessons learned, promising practices, and challenges related to exchanging SDOH data.

Join them for their upcoming webinars between February and June 2023 as they discuss priority topics, such as governance, implementation, privacy, ethics, and measurement and evaluation.

CDC-ONC Industry Days: Accelerating Public Health Data Modernization through Private Partnerships

As a part of the newly created CDC Foundation President’s Council, the CDC Foundation will convene the first joint CDC and ONC Industry Information and Collaboration Day on February 27-28, 2023. This event will inform non-government organizations about CDC and ONC plans for modernizing public health data and information systems and will provide the virtual or in-person attendees with opportunities to discuss their services with CDC and ONC staff.

Join them on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28. Find out more and register.

Health IT Advisory Committee
Thursday, 3/09/23, 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

Interoperability and Methods of Exchange among Hospitals in 2021
There is a new data brief out from ONC’s Yuriy Pylypchuk and Jordan Everson which presents trends on information exchange and the availability and use of information at the point of care, while also highlighting key barriers to interoperability.


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.