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FHIR Roadmap for TEFCA Exchange V.2: FHIR APIs are on their Way into TEFCA Exchange

Chris Muir | January 3, 2024

On December 11, 2023, ONC and the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity® (RCETM), The Sequoia Project, released the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)® Roadmap for TEFCASM Exchange V.2.  This version updates the previous roadmap and continues the momentum already established by providing more details and guidance for the future of FHIR in TEFCA.

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New USCDI+ Platform Now Live; Public Health Datasets Available for Comment

Brett Andriesen | December 7, 2023

The wait is finally over! If you’ve been following ONC’s work on USCDI+ over the past year, you’ve likely heard discussion of a new platform for organizing and building out the various USCDI+ datasets. After several months of development and testing, the new platform is now live at and will be the single location where USCDI+ datasets for all domains will be located.

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Checking In on Hospital EHR APIs: Can Providers and Patients Access and Share Health Data via Apps?

Catherine Strawley | September 11, 2023

Thanks to a decade of effort, nearly every U.S. hospital today stores health data electronically. To put that data to work, however, clinicians and patients need to be able to access and appropriately share that data.
To implement the 21st Century Cures Act and help meet those needs, ONC’s Health IT Certification Program adopted new requirements and standards for application programming interfaces (APIs) that support the secure exchange of patient data between electronic health records (EHRs) apps.

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Lantern: Lighting the Way on FHIR Implementation

Wes Barker | August 14, 2023

Turning Evidence into Action

The ONC Cures Act Final Rule (Cures Rule) supports patients’ and providers’ access to electronic health information through Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) application programming interfaces (APIs). To ensure that secure, standardized FHIR APIs certified through the ONC Health IT Certification Program can be accessed and used “without special effort,” the Cures Rule included a requirement to ensure that app developers could readily lookup the service base URLs (i.e.,

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Interoperability is a Team Sport

Alex Mugge | July 18, 2023

An interoperable U.S. healthcare system depends on collaboration across diverse groups inside and outside of government, working in a complex environment toward a common goal. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) play different but complementary roles to advance health data interoperability. ONC and CMS each lead regulatory and programmatic efforts to evolve the interoperability landscape, collaborating closely with each other and industry groups – payers,

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