As we continue to learn more about all of the factors that affect our health, where we live has proven to become more insightful over time. Our ability to study and measure health impacts, conduct public health monitoring across communities, deliver medications safely to patients, and a number of other efforts rely on the availability and accuracy of patient address data. Clinicians, researchers, and public health professionals must also have the ability to successfully link disparate records, which also requires standardized data.
News & Updates
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project US@ (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment.
ONC has received $80 million to award grants for implementing or expanding training, certification and degree programs in public health informatics and data science at minority serving institutions (MSIs) in order to address some of the health and social inequities that became widely apparent during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. ONC will be releasing a notice of funding opportunity in late spring to early summer. Sign up for emails from ONC for the latest information.
To promote and support the consistent development and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) International® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard and associated implementation guides, ONC launched the Inferno testing suite a few years back. Inferno supports the ONC Health IT Certification Program through a set of streamlined tests for software services seeking to meet the requirements of the 2015 Edition Cures Update’s “Standardized API for Patient and Population Services certification criterion” and also includes a “community” aspect to it, which anyone working with FHIR implementation guides can use to collaborate with ONC to develop and contribute tests.
ONC has launched a new project called “Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030.” Later this fall, reflective of public feedback, we intend to publish a prioritized set of interoperability outcomes that align with ONC’s interoperability vision for the nation and the 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.