Got questions about information sharing under ONC’s information blocking regulations? Join ONC’s experts for virtual office hours on Friday, September 24 from 2PM until 4PM ET to ask us about the information blocking regulations in ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act final rule. Stop by anytime from 2:00-4:00 pm ET
Friday, September 24
September 23 and September 24, 2021
Please join us for a webinar session about the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool this September. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a new webinar for users of the Security Risk Assessment Tool. Learn about the SRA Tool and how it can be used at your organization, hear about upcoming enhancements, ask questions, and give feedback during the SRA Tool Webinar. There are two dates available for this webinar. Registration is limited to 3,000 participants for each presentation. The presentation will be the same for both sessions. A recording will be made available after the final webinar session. Register for a session: September 23, 2:00-3:00pm ET September 24, 11:00-12pm ET Take the SRA Tool user survey → Download SRA Tool →
September 10 and September 17, 2021
Register today for the all-virtual 2021 ONC Tech Forum to hear industry perspectives on the progress made in health IT over the past year, and how we can continue to advance health technology to improve patient care, health equity, data exchange, and interoperability. What: #ONCTechForum When: September 10 and 17, 2021
September 15, 2021 at 4pm ET
Register for our webinar reviewing the outcomes of a project focused on advancing the data infrastructure of patient-centered outcomes research using AI/ML training data sets. When: September 15, 2021, 4pm ET.
September 14, 2021 at 1PM ET
Join us on September 14, 2021 at 1PM ET for the first in a series of clinician-focused webinars on the information blocking regulation. Experts will explain how ONC supports secure, appropriate sharing of electronic health information and how information sharing leads to more affordable and equitable care and improved care quality. Hear answers to questions such as:
What is information blocking and why should I care?
Why is information sharing so important?
What information needs to be shared and with whom?
What are the allowable exceptions and when do they apply?
View presentation slides [PDF - 986 KB]
JULY 27, 2021 AT 10:00 AM ET
Join ONC on July 27, 2021 at 10am EST for the “Clinical Decision Support (CDS) for Advancing Person-Centered Care and Health Equity” workshop. For many years, clinical decision support has played a vital role in supporting the delivery of effective patient care among healthcare providers. CDS tools provide users with computerized alerts and clinical guidelines that can help reduce medical errors, and provide diagnostic assistance to ensure comprehensive treatment for patients, as well as produce patient alerts for medication adherence. However, CDS is not without challenges from the initial development phase through the implementation phase. As artificial intelligence (Ai) is gaining popularity, and advancing CDS tools, speakers will discuss how they are addressing bias during the development phase and implementation among patients to support equity in healthcare. Several federal agencies will share how they are using CDS to improve healthcare and advance CDS in their respective portfolios. The workshop will close with an open discussion on ways to improve the development and use of CDS considering various populations and the added value it provides for such tools.
JULY 13, 2021 AT 10 AM ET
Already Registered? Access the Event Here If you need to register retroactively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The advancement and use of interoperable, standardized data on social needs and on the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play (or social determinants of health, or SDOH) is critical as part of the comprehensive approach underway to advance equity for all. Addressing inequities in these conditions, often tied to social care needs and driven in large part due to the root causes of poverty and racism, can be supported and informed through the use of health IT. This workshop will explore existing and emerging data standards, tools, approaches, policies, models, and interventions for advancing the use and interoperability of non-clinical health data for individual and community health improvement. It will enable varying perspectives of health policymakers and health improvement implementers to highlight inventive solutions, share challenges, and ideas on data modernization to advance health equity. The workshop offers introductory content as well as deep exploration of key topics as part of SDOH health IT data use and interoperability including facilitated, expert stakeholder engagement. Workshop Objectives:
Highlight health IT approaches of multi-stakeholder and cross-sector partnerships to deliver data-driven health improvement solutions using multi-sector data to deliver care and to address unmet needs outside of the healthcare setting including specific initiatives’ approaches related to workflow, sustainability, and trust.
Explore innovative efforts for SDOH information exchange and interoperable referrals with considerations for consent and equity and focus on examples of implementation from the communities, regions, and states where the SDOH interoperability work is occurring.
Describe the current state and emerging opportunities for SDOH data standardization including the importance of data standards, standards development organization relevant activities, challenges with SDOH data use and interoperability including workflow integration, and standards and processes for interoperable social care referrals—including both necessary content and why this is critical for better care and to address unmet needs.
Support stakeholders getting started with SDOH data use and interoperability in the field by providing an overview of ONC tools, projects, and resources that can help inform the successful use of health IT for SDOH data use and interoperability, including fresh perspectives from ONC grantees focused on building innovative HIE services that benefit public health agencies and improving HIE services available to support communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agenda details and speakers are subject to change.
MARCH 29 - 30, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
March 25, 2021
ONC is participating in the AMIA 2021 Virtual Informatics Summit, leading two panels – one on projects funded under the LEAP in Health IT funding opportunity and the other on the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The AMIA 2021 Virtual Informatics Summit brings together informatics professionals to learn about best practices, new methodologies and shared challenges in four main areas: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, implementation informatics, and data science. For more information visit the AMIA website.
March 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Join ONC for an informational webinar "Understanding ONC’s Draft USCDI v2 and SVAP” on March 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET. Speakers will discuss ONC’s Draft United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Version 2 and the Standards Versions Advancement Process (SVAP) flexibility for ONC-Certified Health IT. We will also review several commonly asked questions on these topics and direct the audience to resources to learn more. Webinar Recording Download Presentation [PDF - 1.9 MB]
February 4, 2021 at 3pm ET
Join ONC for an informational webinar on the issued Information Blocking (IB) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Speakers will identify important dates and events, provide insight into the January 2021 IB FAQs, discuss ONC’s future approach to IB guidance and education, and answer questions from the audience. Register Information Blocking: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Slides [PDF - 986 KB]
Tuesday, December 1, 2020; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us on December 1, 2020, as we spotlight how application programming interface (API)-forward policies and industry actions are accelerating interoperability. This event will include updates from federal agencies as well as presentations and demos from industry partners that highlight how work underway is advancing innovation and competition in the health IT ecosystem. A panel discussion will also be held at the end of the day.
November 14-18, 2020
ONC is participating in the AMIA 2020 Virtual Symposium, speaking at a number of health IT focused sessions. The AMIA Annual Symposium brings together informatics professionals from diverse backgrounds committed to transforming health through informatics. For more information visit the AMIA website.
Monday, November 2, 2020; 03:00 PM
Join ONC for an informational webinar about the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period on Monday, November 2 at 3:00 pm EST. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ONC is extending compliance dates and timeframes for Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program. The Interim Final Rule includes:
Extending the applicability date for the Information Blocking provisions.
Extending the compliance dates in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Program), including certain 2015 Edition health IT certification criteria and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements.
Making changes to the Program by updating standards and clarifying regulatory text for specific certification criteria.
Making technical corrections and clarifications.
Read more about the IFC
Monday, September 21, 2020; 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting the Advancing Interoperability: Social Determinants of Health Workshop, a one day virtual workshop on Monday, September 21, 2020. As part of ONC’s collaborative approach for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), the objective of this workshop is to gather health care and human services providers from various professional societies to understand their approaches to integrating SDOH data into value-base care and to discuss tools to accomplish these goals and the challenges to reaching them. This workshop will also provide stakeholders information and tools needed for the development of the social determinants of health data management in clinical practice guidelines and maintenance of certification activities. In the fall of 2019, four new Interoperability Needs were added to Section I: Social, Psychological, and Behavioral Data representing drug use, food insecurity, housing insecurity, and transportation insecurity of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). Many of the standards or specifications are at production for the implementation maturity level and are still requesting feedback. Incorporating social determinants of health such as those included in the ISA in health care models is of increased interest when it comes to value-based payments. More payers are developing novel ways to address SDOH issues, however providers still struggle with the collection of SDOH data and how to use and share the data in an interoperable and beneficial way that is not burdensome. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to share any advancements in standards that are being used which may or may not include standards included in the ISA. View Slides [PDF - 9.6 MB] Agenda – Download PDF Document Speaker Biographies – Download PDF Document
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 Time: 10 am – 4:00 pm ET
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting a one day virtual workshop on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, for Clinical Decision Support (CDS). A central promise of CDS is to help reduce the burden of information overload and increasingly complex clinical knowledge and guidelines posed to clinicians by making information about a patient easier to assess or more apparent, or to foster optimal problem solving, decision making, and action. CDS must also deliver the right information to the right person in the right format through the right channel at the right time in the workflow. While CDS is recognized as a way to improve health care and make it more efficient, clinical users’ experiences with implemented CDS have been sub-optimal, and CDS development and deployment remain inconsistent and fraught with re-work, even among HHS agencies. This workshop will identify novel approaches being used in CDS that present opportunities for collaboration and harmonization. Federal partners and key public stakeholders are invited to attend to learn about the current efforts in CDS and opportunities to leverage federal work to help public efforts, and vice-versa. The expected outcomes include an identification of CDS silos, an understanding of the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in CDS and solutions to address cross agency/stakeholder CDS issues. View Slides [PDF - 16.97 MB] Agenda – Download PDF Document Speaker Biographies – Download PDF Document National Academy of Medicine report Optimizing Strategies for Clinical Decision Support Report – Download PDF Document
Monday, September 14, 2020; 08:30 AM EDT – 5:00 PM ET
Join ONC and members of the FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST) initiative for a full day workshop titled: “FAST, An Architectural Framework for Ecosystem Infrastructure.” Having developed and proposed solutions to address technical infrastructure challenges associated with deploying FHIR solutions “at scale,” the FAST community now seeks to explore and solicit feedback on the both the architectural considerations and pathways to implementation for each of these solutions. The FAST Initiative recognizes that ongoing collaboration and coordination with industry leading efforts and a broader group of industry stakeholders is key to understanding industry challenges and successes, ensuring an accurate industry wide gap analysis, maintaining awareness of new developments, and avoiding duplication of efforts. To that end, this workshop will support The FAST Initiative’s goal to maintain transparency and communication, while welcoming industry feedback that can inform our collective efforts and approaches. For more information on the FAST initiative, please review the following resources:
The Official FAST Confluence site
The FAST 2020 Mid-Year Report
The FAST 2019 End of Year Report
Update community, raise industry awareness and share the FAST progress and solutions (V3 solutions documents draft).
Gather industry feedback, engage target future “landing places” and figuring out how to put solutions into practice.
Feedback/content to feed into FAST Action Plan (e.g., ‘homes’, deployment considerations, etc.).
Present solutions into context – the FAST Ecosystem Architecture.
Breakout Session Approach:
Facilitator/moderator to introduce topic/content.
FAST panelists to support the facilitated discussion.
Industry reaction Panel, not presenting, but responding to questions/debating the FAST identify discussion points.
Broader discussion with other attendees/participants via Q & A.
Monday, August 31, 2020; 09:30 AM EDT - 04:30 PM EDT
Join us for a final working session on patient identity and patient matching. We invite individuals and organizations to provide input and insight into existing challenges and promising innovations in patient identity and matching. This final session will focus on the following key areas: privacy and security, research and evaluation, standards, and innovation. This feedback will inform ONC’s report to Congress on evaluating the effectiveness of technical and operational methods that improve identification of patients. ONC is soliciting feedback from all attendees, presentations are not required. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit comments during and after the session to Identity.ONC@hhs.gov.
August 10-11, 2020
ONC hosted an all-virtual Tech Forum, convening industry experts and federal partners to continue the summertime tradition we started with the “Interoperability Forum” in 2017. We discussed the exciting technical innovations that are happening in health IT and have the potential to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare in support of improved health outcomes.
June 1, 2020; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
January 27-28, 2020
Thank you to those who joined us in-person and virtually for the 2020 ONC Annual Meeting! This year’s event, Connecting Policy and Technology: Bringing the EHR to the Patient, gathered health IT partners for a combination of plenaries and breakout sessions that covered a variety of health IT, healthcare, and innovation topics. Slides from presenters will be posted on this page in the near future. Keep coming back as we'll post the presentations on an ongoing basis. Annual Meeting Webcast Archive
November 16-20, 2019
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
ONC is participating in the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium, speaking at a number of health IT focused sessions. The AMIA Annual Symposium brings together informatics professionals from diverse backgrounds committed to transforming health through informatics.
September 25, 2019 | 2-3pm ET
Follow on Twitter - #DNCchat
Join ONC and Deputy National Coordinator Steve Posnack for a National Health IT Week Twitter chat! Ask questions and give him your thoughts on interoperability, standards, and more! Wednesday, September 25, 2-3pm ET Join using #DNCchat
August 21-22, 2019 at 9:00am-5:00pm ET
Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and Webinar
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) hosted the 3rd Interoperability Forum on August 21st – 22nd, 2019 in Washington, DC. This event brought people together from ONC, our federal partners, the healthcare industry, and the technology sector to:
Learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide
Identify concrete actions in response to current interoperability barriers
Attendees heard keynotes from industry influencers, had the opportunity to view demos showcasing innovative solutions and participate in tracks focused on various aspects of interoperability. Co-led by industry leaders and supported by ONC experts, the tracks provided an opportunity to discuss the latest issues and identify actions that can be taken to address key barriers to interoperability in a group setting.
Download slides from plenary session [PDF - 1 MB]
Questions? Check out ONC’s Interoperability Forum FAQs
February 11-15, 2019
ONC is pleased to participate in a number of activities during the HIMSS19 conference in Orlando, Florida from February 11-15, 2019. We hope you will join us and look forward to connecting with health care IT stakeholders across the industry. Stay engaged in ONC conversation via Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT or conversations related to HIMSS using hashtag #HIMSS19. Make sure to revisit this page as we continue to update our schedule.