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 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.

Feb 14
Health IT News : Forbes

There is no central clearinghouse for regulating algorithms used in healthcare. Certain commercial applications, such as the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch, are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. However, algorithms developed by electronic health records companies, like Epic or Oracle Cerner, fall under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, or ONC. “We are not regulating the AI-enabled tools themselves,” ONC director Micky Tripathi told Forbes about the new rules his agency recently finalized that go into effect on March 11, 2024. Rather, he compares the approach to a “nutrition label” found on food packaging – electronic health records companies will be required to document 33 different data elements that give their hospital and doctor customers information about what data the model is trained on and how it works. In technical parlance, these labels are often called model cards. “We're not getting deep into ‘is this a good product, is this a bad product,” said Tripathi. “We're just saying information should be provided to the customer, so that they themselves can make the decision. But it applies to a much broader array of products than FDA regulations do.”

Feb 13
Health IT News : ChilCast

I recently spoke with Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, about assessing value in digital health / healthcare IT investments and how federal action can help coordinate progress in healthcare technology. We discussed the role of federal policy, highlights from recent ONC legislation, and opportunities ahead.  Join us on a journey through Micky's unconventional path from political science to spearheading health data interoperability initiatives, and glean insights into the transformative impact of federal regulations like the 21st Century Cures Act on the adoption of healthcare IT.