News & Updates

Feb 22
Blog Post

ONC has hit a new milestone in advancing interoperability across the care continuum. A new series of voluntary tests to support standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) leveraging Health Level Seven® (HL7®) implementation specifications developed via the Da Vinci project and the CARIN Alliance are now available in the ONC-developed Inferno testing tool. The tests are open source, with the source code freely available for use by the public on GitHub.
 

Feb 22
Health IT News : Health Affairs

As we look to build back better from the pandemic, and as we drive greater connections between disparate systems—health care, public health, and social services— we have a unique opportunity to leverage the power of health information exchange to improve how we work together across systems, delivering better results for patients who have been historically marginalized. In this article, we discuss how California is seizing this opportunity by building on the federal Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to facilitate the exchange of health and human services data through the state’s Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework (DxF).

Feb 16
Health IT News : Healthcare IT News

ONC indicated in a HealthIT Buzz blog on Thursday that the study published in JAMIA last month not only showed high levels of adoption of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard among the healthcare technology companies surveyed, but EHR companies implemented standards-based APIs and made them available to third-party users "well before" the December 31, 2022, deadline requiring that they use HL7's FHIR standard for certified APIs.

Feb 15
Health IT News : HIT Consultant

A new survey reveals that the healthcare industry is making significant strides towards interoperability, thanks to the adoption of standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs). The research, conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), reveals that a majority of digital health companies are using the FHIR standard to integrate with electronic health records (EHRs).

Feb 15
Blog Post

New research from a survey of digital health companies shows that most companies (73%) use standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) when integrating with electronic health records (EHRs) (Figure 1). In 2020, ONC finalized its Cures Act Final Rule, which codified the use of the Health Level 7® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard for “certified APIs” that can enable secure, programmatic access to a patient’s electronic health information (EHI). These certified APIs standardize data connectivity and format requirements so that third-party applications, like smartphone apps, can expect the same functionality and patient data when connecting to any EHR with a certified API.