ONC Funded Projects

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Innovation in Population Data Analytics Driven by the 21st Century Cures Act’s API Standards Requirements

Adam Wong | February 8, 2024

The SMART Health IT (SMART) team based in Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program has been a leader in developing new capabilities leveraging the HL7® FHIR® standard. A 2010 Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project (SHARP) was SMART’s first ONC funding opportunity that led to the creation of the SMART on FHIR application programming interface (API). This API enables FHIR to work as an app platform. The SMART on FHIR API proceeded to become a standard required for health IT certification as part of ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule.

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FHIR Factories Help Researchers use EHR Data

Alison Kemp | December 4, 2023

Researchers, developers, and clinicians have new tools to help them access high-quality electronic health record (EHR) data more effectively. A 2020 ONC Leading Edge Acceleration Project (LEAP) in Health IT awardee, MedStar Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Georgetown University Medical Center and HealthLab, developed two new data tools as part of MedStar’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR) Factories: An Evolving Digital Architecture to Scale Health Research project.

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LEAPing at the Opportunity to Modernize Clinical Registries

Anmer Ayala | June 15, 2023

In 2020, the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) were awarded funding through ONC’s Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT program. The award aimed to address one of a few special areas of interest, Advancing Registry Infrastructure for a Modern API-based Health IT Ecosystem.

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Sharing Genomic Data for Patient Care – Sync for Genes Phase 4 Wraps Up

Stephanie Garcia | June 21, 2022

The Sync for Genes program, launched by ONC in 2017 in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, aims to enable the sharing of standardized genomic information among laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers by advancing the development and use of industry-supported standards, such as the Health Level Seven International® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard.

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Building the Public Health Informatics Workforce of the Future

Sherilyn Pruitt | May 17, 2022

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a nation, it has been made clear that we are also in the midst of a critical public health workforce shortage. The pandemic has highlighted key areas for improving the nation’s public health infrastructure and increasing the number of highly trained public health informatics and technology professionals. In January 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration released an Executive Order to create a unified public health workforce strategy that will expand and build capacity so we can better respond to future pandemics and biological threats.

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