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ONC Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

Melinda (Mindy) Kidder | March 7, 2024

Mindy recently joined ONC as the new chief nursing officer (CNO). She brings more than 30 years of experience in patient care, nursing management, informatics, and complex project management in diverse healthcare organizations. As ONC’s new CNO, Mindy will be responsible for a wide range of projects and policy efforts that use her expertise and diverse skills to continue to advance ONC’s mission while contributing the perspective of the nursing profession to that work.

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Improving Cancer Care Through Better Electronic Health Records: Voluntary Commitments and Call to Action

ONC | March 5, 2024

This blog post was authored by our colleagues at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is cross-posted here on the Health IT Buzz Blog.
The Biden Cancer Moonshot aims to support and center patients and caregivers, and President Biden has made it clear that the American people deserve a health care system that they can rely on. That includes a system of electronic health records that gives patients and doctors the information they need to provide excellent patient care and improve outcomes.

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Unveiling Inferno Testing Support for Payer Data Exchange API Standards

Ashley Hain | February 22, 2024

ONC has hit a new milestone in advancing interoperability across the care continuum. A new series of voluntary tests to support standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) leveraging Health Level Seven® (HL7®) implementation specifications developed via the Da Vinci project and the CARIN Alliance are now available in the ONC-developed Inferno testing tool. The tests are open source, with the source code freely available for use by the public on GitHub.

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Digital Health Company Experiences Using EHR APIs

Wes Barker | February 15, 2024

New research from a survey of digital health companies shows that most companies (73%) use standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) when integrating with electronic health records (EHRs) (Figure 1). In 2020, ONC finalized its Cures Act Final Rule, which codified the use of the Health Level 7® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard for “certified APIs” that can enable secure, programmatic access to a patient’s electronic health information (EHI).

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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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