Portrait of Paula Braun

Accelerating Precision in Public Health Surveillance and Response

Paula Braun | June 10, 2020

When our communities face a health crisis, the research, clinical, and public health worlds come together and collaborate. Public health programs drive toward prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the population, but they need the support and guidance of data-driven research behind them every step of the way. While most of the data needed to accelerate research, and clinical and public health delivery come from traditional sources—such as clinical encounters and lab tests—data feeds from nontraditional sources ,

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Portrait of Avinash Shanbhag

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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Portrait of Mike Berry

A Look Ahead: Year Two for ONC and the Recognized Coordinating Entity for TEFCA

Mike Berry | May 26, 2020

In August 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) awarded a cooperative agreement to The Sequoia Project to serve as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) to support implementation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The Sequoia Project has made great strides in meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. To keep this momentum going, ONC has committed approximately $1.1 million in year-two funding to our cooperative agreement with The Sequoia Project.

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Portrait of Kevin Chaney

Empowering Patients to Advance Precision Medicine, One EHR at a Time

Kevin Chaney | May 18, 2020

Electronic health record (EHR) systems store incredibly rich data about individual patients, but historically, individuals have been unable to access this information easily and share it for research. However, use of patients’ data could accelerate scientific discovery and progress toward precision medicine. Permitting patients to connect and share their data with researchers—while maintaining the security and privacy of those data—is just one of the many benefits to the research community of the ONC‘s Cures Act Final Rule released in March 2020.

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