2022 ONC Virtual Tech Forum


As in years past, this year’s all-virtual 2022 ONC Tech Forum will feature industry perspectives on the progress made in health IT over the past year, and highlight how we can continue to advance health technology to improve patient care, health equity, data exchange, and interoperability.

What: #ONCTechForum

When: September 9, 16 and 23, 2022

Theme: Health IT Standards Driving Modernization in Healthcare and Public Health



11:00–11:50 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Tricia Lee Rolle, PharmD, PhD, MS, Senior Advisor, ONC 

Keynote: Update on ONC and CDC Joint Data Modernization Activities

ONC and CDC have been collaborating closely on strategies to modernize our public health data infrastructure to better enable our nation to respond to existing and emerging threats. During this session, Dr. Dan Jernigan and Dr. Micky Tripathi will provide an update on efforts contributing to the CDC Data Modernization Initiative. The session will highlight progress made in ONC-CDC collaboration over the last year, and will detail ONC-CDC priorities for work to come. 

  • Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH, Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance, CDC 
  • Micky Tripathi, PhD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health IT, ONC 
12:00-1:00 pm

Plenary Panel Session: FHIR API Interoperability – a FHIR-Side Chat

HL7®’s FHIR® standard has ignited a flurry of innovation and development contributing to profound changes in the US healthcare system. Payers, providers, and other stakeholders are rapidly deploying FHIR APIs that enable more efficient information exchange and enhance patient access to their own health records. This session features three organizations implementing or using FHIR APIs to transform healthcare. Panelists will share how their organizations are utilizing FHIR, challenges they’ve had to overcome, and lessons learned along the way. 

  • Alex Kontur, ONC (Moderator)  
  • Erica Galvez, Manifest MedEx 
  • Nancy Lush, Patient Centric Solutions 
  • Michael B Marchant, UC Davis 
1:00-1:30 pm


1:30-3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions I

Option 1: Aligning USCDI, FHIR US Core, and other Health IT Standards

This session will provide an overview of the recently published United States Core Data for Interoperability Version 3 (USCDI v3) and its relationship to FHIR US Core and C-CDA, the health IT standards which enable exchange of USCDI data. This session will discuss the interrelated processes of updating each of these standards in a way that promotes adoption of these newer standards while minimizing development and implementation burden. 

  • Carmela Couderc, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Al Taylor, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Gay Dolin, Namaste Informatics
  • Eric Haas, Health eData Inc

Option 2:  Interoperability with Emergency Medical Services

This session will provide an overview of standards for data sharing and integration among Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospitals and other health care systems. This session will discuss where EMS has come over the past two years as it relates to pre-hospital data sharing (i.e., NEMSIS mapping, state experiences), and opportunities for health systems, HIEs, EHRs and others. 

  • Rachel Abbey, MPH (Moderator) 
  • Eric Chaney, MBA, MS, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS  
  • Andrea Fourquet   
  • Nathan Jung, HCA Houston Healthcare EMSN  
  • Sean Leung, ESO  
  • Clay Mann, the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center 
  • Ryan Stark, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC 

Option 3: Strategies and Challenges When Registering a FHIR Application

This session will discuss the process of registering a third-party application from EHR vendor and app developer perspectives. This will be an interactive discussion around strategies and challenges EHR vendors and app developers may face when registering apps, showcasing app registration practices in real-time to highlight different registration approaches, and identifying factors that commonly cause errors. 

  • Liz Turi, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Brian Beahan, patientlink 
  • Jennifer Blumenthal, OneRecord 
  • Danielle Friend, Epic 
  • Jordan Jones, Greenway Health 
3:00-3:30 pm


3:30-5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions II

Option 1:  Public Health Data Standardization - Deep Dive on USCDI+ and the Helios HL7® FHIR® Accelerator

This session will provide a deep dive into two key activities related to public health data standardization and modernization - USCDI+ and the Helios FHIR Accelerator. Join to learn more about the scope of work for both of these initiatives, and to learn more about how to best get involved. 

  • Katie Tully, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Paula Braun, CDC 
  • Nedra Garrett, CDC
  • Akaki Lekiachvili, CDC
  • Molly Murray, United States Digital Service
  • Craig Newman, PhD, Altarum Institute 

Option 2: Growing the Public Health Informatics and Technology Workforce

This session will provide an overview of the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program, highlighting progress to date, and sharing innovative approaches and lessons learned.  Topics discussed will include program development; consortia cohesion, faculty, and student recruitment; curriculum development; and a focus on equity. PHIT award recipients will engage the audience and describe issues and obstacles they faced and the strategies they used to overcome these challenges. 

  • Sherilyn Pruitt, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Girmay Berhie, Jackson State University  
  • Kai Zheng, University of California, Irvine  

Option 3: Network Exchange Using FHIR

A panel discussion to talk about efforts to help FHIR API exchange to scale nationwide through TEFCA and the HL7 FHIR FAST Accelerator. 

  • Arien Malec, Change Healthcare (Moderator)
  • Paul Oats, FAST 
  • Alan Swensen, TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity

Theme: Guiding Innovation through Data, Standards, and Real World Implementations



11:00–11:50 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Avinash Shanbhag, Executive Director of the Office of Technology, ONC

Plenary Panel Session: Leveraging Data Generated from Point of Care to Research 

A panel discussion about linking data generated by health care delivery to enable research today.

  • Ryan Argentieri, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, University of California San Francisco 
  • Fran Ayalasomayajula, MPH, MSMIS, Reach Healthcare 
  • Joni L. Rutter, PhD, National Institutes of Health 
12:00-1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions I

Option 1: Availability of SDOH and Health Equity Related Data and Implications for Public Health 

This session will demonstrate how social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity related data are collected and used in clinical notes and discuss the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for extracting these data from electronic health record systems. The session will also include discussion around SDOH, health equity, and public health use cases and how they can be used with NLP.  

  • JaWanna Henry, MPH, MCHES, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Catherine DesRoches, DrPH, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
  • Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD, University of Florida 
  • Chelsea Richwine, PhD, ONC
  • Yonghui Wu, PhD, University of Florida 

Option 2: Real World Implementations and Innovation Through LEAP

The LEAP in Health IT Program seeks to address emerging challenges that inhibit the advancement of interoperable health IT. This session will feature speakers from three LEAP projects, sharing implementation strategies and the innovative approaches awardees are using to promote data exchange, patient engagement, and semantic data harmonization.   

  • Alison Kemp, MPH, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Wei Chang, MPH, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Angie Brenner, Missouri Department of Mental Health 
  • Anjum Khurshid, MD, PhD, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Eliel Oliveira, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Wilson D. Pace, MD, FAAFP, DARTNet Institute  
  • Burak Serdar, Cloud Privacy Labs 
  • Duane Shumate, Missouri Department of Mental Health 

Option 3:  Uptake of FHIR: Where are We Today and What are the Challenges that Lie Ahead?

This session will discuss the uptake of FHIR according to new surveys fielded by ONC, HL7, University of California at San Francisco, and Google. 

  • Wesley Barker, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Arlene Chung, Google
  • Leslie Lai, Google
  • Natalya Maisel, University of California at San Francisco
  • Dan Vreeman, HL7 
1:30-2:00 pm


2:00-3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions II

Option 1:  Developing Clinical Decision Support with SDOH Data for Improved Patient Outcomes

This session will identify next steps to advance electronic clinical decision support (CDS) focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). We are interested in exploring the different stages of guideline development to determine an outcome of successful CDS that incorporates SDOH. 

  • JaWanna Henry, MPH, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Alison Kemp, MPH, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Rose Almonte, MITRE
  • Mike Gillam, MD, FACEP, HealthLab 
  • Kristen Miller, DrPH, MSPH, MSL, CPPS, MedStar Health Research Institute 
  • Douglas E. Peterson, DMD, PhD, FDS RCSEd, FASCO, UConn Health 
  • Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Scott T. Tagawa, MD, MS, FACP, Weill Cornell Medicine 
  • Emily C. Webber MD, FAAP, FAMIA, Indiana University Health 

Option 2:  Innovation, Implementation, and Impact: Leveraging PDMPs to Address the Opioid Crisis

This session will focus on successful PDMP and EHR integrations, innovative approaches to using PDMP data for decision support, and the impact of integration on access to PDMP data and prescribing practices. 

  • Lolita Kachay, MPH, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Jordan Everson, PhD, MPP, ONC 
  • Roland Gamache, PhD, MBA, FAMIA, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Maia Gottlieb, MPH, CRISP 
  • Jason Hoppe, DO, FACEP, University of Colorado School of Medicine 

Option 3: Monitoring Implementation of FHIR Across Patient and Payer-Facing Endpoints

This session will discuss the implementation of FHIR across patient-facing and payer-facing endpoints, featuring presentations from the ONC Lantern Project and OnyxHealth. 

  • Wesley Barker, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Jeff Brown, The MITRE Corporation  
  • Brianna Mathiowetz, The MITRE Corporation
  • Mark Scrimshire, OnyxHealth 
3:30-4:00 pm


4:00-5:00 pm

Plenary Panel Session: Fireside Chat: What’s Next in Health IT Innovation?

This session will explore and discuss ways in which innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), are enhancing health IT tools and clinical decision support (CDS) to improve health care outcomes. 

  • Stacy Perchem, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Hussein Ezzeldin, PhD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
  • Dina N. Paltoo, PhD, MPH, National Institutes of Health  
  • Suchi Saria, PhD, Johns Hopkins University and Bayesian Health
  • Mario Terán, MD, MS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Theme: How Health IT Certification is Modernizing Healthcare & Public Health



11:00–11:50 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Lisa Lewis Person, Deputy National Coordinator for Operations, ONC

Plenary Panel Session: Certification and Testing Division Overview

This session will provide an overview of the ONC Health IT Certification and Testing Division with a focus on activities and initiatives implementing the ONC Cures Act Final Rule, including Real World Testing, Attestations, and Cures Update Criteria including the Standardize API for patient and population services and USCDI-related criteria.  

  • Robert Anthony, ONC 
  • Jeff Smith, ONC 
12:00-1:00 pm

Plenary Panel Session: Discussion with Implementers on Cures Update

This session will include a panel discussion of stakeholder experiences with the ONC Certification Program Cures Update implementation, specifically API implementations and criteria related to the USCDI. Panelists will provide a range of perspectives, from certified health IT developers and app developers to patient advocates and clinician users. 

  • Jeff Smith, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Subha Airan-Javia, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System 
  • Chris Barnes, Athenahealth
  • Devin McGraw, JD, MPH, Invitae  
  • JP Pollak, PhD, The Commons Project 
  • Greg Thole, Oracle Cerner
1:00-1:30 pm


1:30-3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions I

Option 1: Health IT Tooling & Approaches to Testing

This session will provide an overview and introduction to programs and tools that help test and facilitate the implementation of health information technology. Attendees will learn about tools, testing, and standards conformance and the value proposition for each of the tools under consideration.  

  • John Bender, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Alexander Berler, IHE Catalyst 
  • Carie Hammond, AEGIS 
  • Viet Nguyen, MD, HL7 
  • Robert Scanlon, MS, The MITRE Corporation 
  • Robert Snelick, Unites States National Institute of Standards and Technology  

Option 2: Understanding the Attestations

This session will provide an overview of the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements for Attestations. Attendees can share experiences meeting the requirements and obtain a preview of what to expect for the Oct. 2022 submission cycle. 

  • Robert Anthony, ONC 
  • Tony Myers, ONC 

Option 3: Post-certification Compliance and Conformance Review

This session will provide an overview of ONC Certification Program conformance review and conformance resources including test tools, CCGs/TPs, fact sheets and website resources. In addition, this session will cover the culture of compliance and what it means to meet the scope of the certification criteria and not just passing test procedures, as well as ONC-ACB surveillance, ONC direct review and oversight of the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements, and associated resources to aid developers. 

  • Asara Clark, ONC 
  • Kyle Cobb, ONC 
  • Chris Monk, ONC  
  • Laura Urioste, ONC 
3:00-3:30 pm


3:30-5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions II

Option 1: Tooling Feedback and Preparing for the Future

The purpose of this session is to hear feedback from the people who use testing tools in the field. The session will focus on what works, what doesn't, and what is missing in the testing ecosystem. The session will end with a discussion on the future of standards conformance testing. 

  • John Bender, ONC (Moderator) 
  • Matt Gramigna, The MITRE Corporation
  • John Moehrke, By Light Professional IT Services  
  • Kristi Siahaya, American Immunization Registry Association
  • Lee Surprenant, Merative
  • Amit Trivedi, HIMSS 

Option 2: Cures Update: Real World Testing

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the Cures Update Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements for Real World Testing and to provide a forum to share audience experiences implementing these requirements. 

  • Asara Clark, ONC 

Option 3: Inferno Framework Capabilities Beyond (g)(10) and Vision for the Future

This session will provide an overview of the Inferno Framework capabilities beyond the 170.315(g)(10) standardized API certification criterion and discuss a vision for the future of the tool. The session will include a demonstration of building tests using the Inferno Framework.  

  • Scott Bohon, ONC  
  • Keith Carlson, ONC 
  • Stephen MacVicar, The MTIRE Corporation  
  • Yunwei Wang, The MITRE Corporation  

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  • Synthea Coherent Dataset
  • DiMe/VA: The Playbook Digital Health Care Edition
  • VA Pathfinder

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  • CBOH
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  • HealthOpX
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  • ManagingLife
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  • Patientory
  • Juli
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