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.
Enforcement Discretion Related to ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule
In light of COVID-19, ONC will exercise its discretion in enforcing all new requirements that have compliance dates and timeframes until three months after each initial compliance date or timeline identified in the ONC Cures Act Final Rule (please see Certification Timelines). This additional flexibility for development and implementation enables our healthcare system to focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, while still maintaining a trajectory that will advance patients’ access to their health information, reduce the cost of care, and improve the quality of care.
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 14, 2020
ONC Working Session: Patient Identity and Matching
When: Monday, June 1, 2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET
Register for this event.
Join them for a working session on patient identity and patient matching. They invite individuals and organizations to provide input and insight into existing challenges and promising innovations in patient identity and matching. This feedback will inform ONC’s report to Congress on evaluating the effectiveness of technical and operational methods that improve identification of patients.
Attendees may request an opportunity to lead a brief presentation during the virtual session. As noted above, presentations should focus on challenges and innovations in patient identity and matching. If you’d like to present during the virtual session, please be sure to register by May 22nd. If you have Powerpoint slides, you will need to submit them to ONC by Wednesday, May 27th.
Please note: they will only be able to accommodate a limited number of presentations, and will make every effort to include diverse representation from across the healthcare sector. ONC is soliciting feedback from all attendees, presentations are not required. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit comments during and after the session.
Questions about the event may be directed to Identity.ONC@hhs.gov.
ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule Webinars
Mark your calendar! ONC has a series of question and answer webinars coming up on ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule. Visit HealthIT.gov/CuresRule to learn more about the final rule.
- Health IT for Pediatric Care and Settings
June 3 at 3 PM ET | Register
All webinars are recorded. Visit the Cures Rule website to see the most recent webinar recordings and slide presentations, and register for future webinars.
New Infographic Available – What is the HITAC?
Learn about the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) through a recently released infographic showcasing the history and significant highlights of the HITAC to date. The HITAC is composed of 32 volunteers who make recommendations to the National Coordinator of Health IT regarding implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act. Those recommendations include ones related to implementation of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule and Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.
Funding Deadline: Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) – Applications for the LEAP in Health IT funding opportunity are due on Monday, June 8, 2020. Appy today on Grants.gov The Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity will address well-documented and fast emerging challenges that inhibit the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT. It is expected to further a new generation of health IT development and inform the innovative implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges as they are identified.
Tools and Resources for the Health IT Community
To support HHS’s ongoing response efforts to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), ONC is partnering with the CDC to direct the health IT community and healthcare providers to various resources for reporting and tracking of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Visit HealthIT.gov for more.
21st Century Cures Act Test Procedures
ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule made several changes to the existing 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. The final rule introduced a small number of new certification criteria, revised several existing certification criteria, and removed several certification criteria. These changes constitute the 2015 Edition Cures Update. View more on HealthIT.gov.
Careers at ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hiring a Public Health Analyst.
— ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) May 13, 2020
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:
- Empowering Patients to Advance Precision Medicine, One EHR at a Time
- Celebrating National Nurses Week: Reflections on Health Information Technology
- Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT
- Clinical Genomics Data for Precision Medicine
- What You Need to Know About the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification
Key Takeaways from the ONC 2020 Annual Meeting
Did you miss the headlines from ONC’s 10th Annual Meeting? If so, they have compiled a list of the major themes from this year’s meeting. The event hosted more than 1,200 stakeholders and focused on the importance of patients’ access to health information, privacy concerns, health care cost transparency, health IT standards, and what these topics look like from different perspectives. All plenary sessions and keynote messages from the Annual Meeting are available via webcast. Presentations from breakout sessions will be available on HealthIT.gov soon.
Health IT Advisory Committee Task Forces
The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) launched four task forces to review and provide recommendations on ONC’s proposed rule. The task forces include: Information Blocking, Conditions and Maintenance of Certification Requirements, Health IT for the Care Continuum and U.S. Core Data for Interoperability. The task forces are expected to conduct reviews and provide recommendations over the next two months. Follow the Task Forces
Advancing the Collection and Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes through Health Information Technology – Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures can help improve patient care, but how do we standardize the exchange and integration of PRO data into health information technology? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed and pilot-tested an implementation guide using Health Level Seven International® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources®, which establishes the specification to support collecting, exchanging, and integrating PRO data in real time in healthcare settings. Read more about the PRO project in the final report.
ONC Has the Data
Close to 50 original data briefs that provide information about current topics in health IT are available on HealthIT.gov. These reports summarize national-level data analyses, providing readers with easy to understand graphics, key takeaways, and policy discussions. Check out ONC’s Data Briefs.
Health IT Advisory Committee Meeting
The next Health IT Advisory Committee Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Spotlighting Interoperability Proving Ground Programs
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is: COVID-19 Alerts and Reporting Pilot – Population Health Management – 4medica®and KPI Ninja have teamed up to pilot a comprehensive lab analytics solution to support rapid treatment, prevention and spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 Alerts and Reporting Solution™ helps healthcare organizations and medical professionals identify and prioritize patients at higher risk of contracting severe forms of the respiratory disease. The solution also finds and tracks healthcare facility and ICU bed utilization across the U.S.
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.