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Kevin Chaney, MGS

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Kevin Chaney is a Senior Program Manager for the Scientific Advancement Branch within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). He supports ONC senior leadership and oversees a multitude of initiatives and projects across a variety of subject areas including: standards development for clinical care and health research, strategic planning for scientific development, precision medicine; and use of artificial intelligence to support health care.

Kevin Chaney, MGS's Latest Blog Posts

Health IT Advances Precision Medicine

Kevin Chaney, MGS | April 20, 2021

Precision medicine creates treatment and prevention strategies that meet patient needs by considering individual variability in their genome, environment, and lifestyle. While precision medicine can revolutionize health care, it requires access to an unprecedented volume and variety of data, and an infrastructure that rapidly brings new discoveries to bear.  Recently, we published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association that describes health IT’s vital role in precision medicine based on key insights from a series of ONC projects supporting the Precision Medicine Initiative. 

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Researchers’ Perspectives on Accelerating APIs and App Connectivity

Kevin Chaney, MGS | March 2, 2021

Today’s health information ecosystem is broadening in terms of participants and data availability. The data sources that exist to inform clinical and biomedical research are more diverse than ever, drawing from electronic health records (EHRs), genomic tests, recordings from wearable devices, and patient surveys, to name a few. The insights that can be drawn from these require effective data collection, aggregation, and sharing in addition to health IT infrastructure capable of supporting research goals. To address some of these requirements, 

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Standards Beyond the Clinic: Capturing Patient Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine

Kevin Chaney, MGS | January 26, 2021

Does the neighborhood I live in affect my health? How am I going to be able to see the specialist without a car? Can I share blood pressure and blood sugar readings I take at home with my doctor so she can monitor how I’m doing? These critical questions have helped to drive precision medicine research as well as improving care management and coordination.

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Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results

Kevin Chaney, MGS | January 7, 2021

The use of genetic testing is becoming increasingly routine in patient care. For example, tests are available to check newborns for genetic disorders, screen would-be parents for carrier status, inform cancer care, and evaluate potential pharmacogenetic associations. However, the laboratories that perform these tests face many challenges that keep them from being able to return clinical genomic results in a standardized way and fully leverage a patient’s electronic health record. This also affects healthcare professionals’ ability to deliver precision medicine and conduct precision medicine research.

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“Mobilizing a Million Hearts” Through SMART on FHIR

Kevin Chaney, MGS | November 30, 2020

Estimating risks and weighing the benefits of health interventions is a challenge for patients and their providers. Patients may wonder if they should be thinking twice before having that second portion of desert. Doctors may consider recommending a daily aspirin. Both may know that smoking poses a higher risk, but by how much? While the medical differences between these choices and factors may be nuanced, there are many different software systems, apps, and online platforms that can help providers deliver better care for patients to understand and improve their health.

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