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Aligning with Standards Development Community: The New Cycle for Standards Version Advancement Process

Avinash Shanbhag | October 15, 2021

As part of ONC’s ongoing charge to coordinate across federal and industry stakeholders, we determined it was necessary to adjust our Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) timeline. Although it may seem like this process has been around for a while, it’s still brand new and we’ve been looking at ways to optimize how the process aligns with other standards development work in the community. The changes we’ve made will help ensure timely publication of implementation specifications central to our cadence for new versions of USCDI.

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Opportunity Trifecta: ISA, SVAP and Draft USCDI Version 3 Feedback Period Now Open

Avinash Shanbhag | July 28, 2021

On the heels of the release of United States Core Data for Interoperability USCDI Version 2 (USCDI v2), ONC has also opened a single, synchronized feedback period for the Interoperability Standards Advisory(ISA), the Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP), and the draft United States Core Data for Interoperability Version 3 (USCDI v3). Taken together, ISA, SVAP, and draft USCDI v3 enable ONC to engage with the health care community to advance health IT standards that support high priority target areas such as the COVID-19 public health emergency,

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LEAPing into Action: New Awards Ignite Health IT Research and Care

Avinash Shanbhag | September 23, 2020

Today, ONC announced the latest awards under its Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health IT) funding opportunity, which supports innovation to address emerging challenges and advance the development and use of interoperable health IT. These projects tackle creation of new standards, methods, and tools, such as application programing interfaces (APIs) and mobile applications (apps), to improve care delivery and advance research capabilities.

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Application Programming Interfaces in Health IT

Avinash Shanbhag | June 11, 2020

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are powerful tools that help support interoperability in healthcare. Simply put, APIs allow a software “Application A” to interact with a software “Application B” without Application A needing to know how Application B’s software is designed internally. APIs can be used for several things, including the ability to for software applications to share information. From the example above, Application A could request information from Application B or ask Application B to place a pushpin on a map at a specific longitude and latitude.

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Join Us at ONC’s Virtual Tech Forum on August 10-11, 2020

Avinash Shanbhag | June 9, 2020

Have you ever found yourself asking any of the following questions?

  • What advances are needed in application programming interfaces (APIs) to support faster, better and more scalable access to health information?
  • What technical underpinnings would support future nationwide, trusted exchange?
  • How can technology seamlessly interoperate across the continuum of care?
  • How can data standards evolve to support expanding needs of healthcare?

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