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
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
ONC is excited to announce a major milestone for #TEFCA & #healthIT #interoperability: the first set of Qualified Health Information Networks (#QHINs) approved for onboarding. Read the blog post to learn more: https://t.co/Fc1mdq8jpk pic.twitter.com/5kutSfyRbs
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) February 18, 2023
The Draft USCDI v4 has been released & we’re requesting specific feedback on the following data elements: treatment intervention preference & care experience; preference medication adherence & medication instructions; and time of procedure. Learn more: https://t.co/DFha2LNNLz pic.twitter.com/7N2V2XtAV5
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) January 30, 2023
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.
NEW INFORMATIONAL RESOURCE: Our new #SDOH Toolkit serves as a resource to support the collection & use of SDOH data in communities across the country. We will also be hosting a Learning Forum on 2/23 to discuss topics from the Toolkit. https://t.co/GAAYkfEdF4 pic.twitter.com/Xq1U7RkD32
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) February 17, 2023
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:
- Is Health IT Ready for Social Determinants of Health-Focused Clinical Decision Support?
- Building TEFCA
- Achieving a Major Milestone: Health IT Developers Certify to Cures Update
- Flipping the Script: Leveraging EHR Data to Inform Clinical Burden Reduction Approaches
- 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
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.