The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded $16 million in Challenge Grants to encourage breakthrough innovations for health information exchange that can be leveraged widely to support nationwide health information exchange and interoperability. The Health Information Exchange (HIE) Challenge Grant Program awarded ten grants between $1 and $2 million to State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program grantees to develop innovative and scalable solutions in five key areas:
- Achieving health goals through health information exchange
- Improving long-term and post-acute care transitions
- Consumer-mediated information exchange
- Enabling enhanced query for patient care
- Fostering distributed population-level analytics
HIT Trailblazer States
The goal of HIT Trailblazer States is to support the alignment of state-level HIT activities and other efforts to transform the health care delivery system. The initiative is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Research Triangle Institute (RTI), and Deloitte Consulting LLP. The Trailblazer States initiative has included two phases to date. In the first phase, high-level leaders from states, the private sector, and the federal government developed an agenda for the alignment of health IT and care transformation activities at the state, local, and national levels. The next phase established a learning collaborative to support participating states in developing infrastructure for electronic, streamlined state-level quality measurement, reporting, and feedback. This infrastructure will allow for data-driven quality improvement, delivery system transformation, and value-based payment of health care services.
The 360X Project seeks to accelerate providers’ ability to easily exchange patient information during referrals, regardless of the electronic health record (EHR) system or health information service provider (HISP) used in practice. The Project aims to accomplish this using Meaningful Use Stage 2 standards.