Events: 2021

SEPTEMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 16 AND SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
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
SEPTEMBER 14 AND SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
Is your organization using the SRA Tool to help conduct a security risk assessment (SRA)? ONC and OCR are hosting two webinars in September about the Security Risk Assessment Tool. Join us to learn how to review and update an assessment from a previous session, to receive a basic overview of the tool, hear highlights of enhancements made in version 3.3. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and give feedback during the session.  There are two dates available for this webinar, and 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 14, 2:00-3:00pm ET September 15, 11:00-12pm ET Download the SRA Tool →
August 16, 2022 12:00PM – 4:30PM
The use of technology to enable electronic consent (eConsent) for how and when a person’s electronic health information is shared is central to placing patients in control of decisions regarding their data.  During this half-day workshop on August 16th at 12:00-4:30 pm ET, participants will explore technical standards and approaches to enable capturing, maintaining, and communicating a patient’s consent decision for sharing electronic health information throughout different life stages, within the context of applicable law. Participants will also explore capturing consent decisions to share EHI between healthcare providers and other non-HIPAA covered entities such as schools, courts, social services providers, employers etc. Event Pre-Work Packet [PDF - 305KB] Recordings for the plenary sessions and select breakout sessions are available in the agenda below. Agenda
Thursday, August 4th: 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST
The EHI Sharing Workshop has reached capacity and registration is closed. Please stay tuned for more EHI Sharing discussion opportunities. Join ONC for a healthcare provider-focused listening session and guided discussion on opportunities and challenges related to sharing Electronic Health Information (EHI). During this workshop, participants will explore approaches and lessons learned related to sharing whatever EHI is needed, when and where it is needed, within the context of applicable laws. Sharing electronic health information (EHI) when and where it is needed, while honoring patients’ privacy rights and preferences, requires thoughtful implementation of health IT-supported workflows and processes. This listening session and guided discussion will look at technical opportunities and challenges related to sharing Electronic Health Information (EHI) from health care providers’ perspectives. During this workshop, participants will explore technical approaches and implementation lessons learned by health care providers who are sharing a wide range of EHI when and where it is needed, within the context of applicable laws.
July 19, 1:30-3:00pm EST
ONC is excited to announce the launch of the ONC Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Information Exchange Learning Forum, which brings together health care providers, community-based organizations, government, payers, health information exchange networks, IT platform developers, innovators, and other partners to share lessons learned, promising practices, and challenges related to exchanging SDOH data. Join us for our monthly webinars and smaller group sessions between March and July 2022 as we discuss priority topics, such as governance, technical infrastructure, interoperability, financing, and policy considerations. Those interested can participate in the Learning Forum monthly webinars and opportunities for follow-up small group discussions. ONC Social Determinants of Health Information Exchange Learning Forum Primer [PDF - 256 KB]
June 29, 12:00-1:30 pm ET
Join the ONC Health IT Certification Program for the quarterly ONC Health IT Certification Program Developer Roundtable. These public meetings are open to all health IT developers, regardless of their participation in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. During these meetings, ONC leads discussions tailored for the health IT developer community on topics such as Certification Program updates, upcoming certification deadlines, and developer requirements Agenda
  • Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) Updates
  • Refresher on the Process
  • New Standards Approved for 2022
  • Updates to ONC Test Tools
  • Attestations Condition and Maintenance of Certification – April 2022 Submissions
  • Recording View recording | Passcode: AFE4YZ+6 Event Presentation Download event presentation [PPTX - 2.64 MB]
    February 2-3 and April 13-14
      The 2022 ONC Annual Meeting will be held in two parts – with education sessions on February 2-3 and a variety of dynamic and engaging panel sessions and exhibits on April 13-14.  February 2-3, 2022: Education Sessions and Office Hours:
  • Learn about TEFCA, Information Sharing, USCDI, and more!
  • Recordings and slides available below.
  • April 13-14, 2022: Panel Sessions, Exhibit Hall, and Networking:
  • Join us for dynamic and engaging conversations about health IT and health equity, public health, patient access, and health information exchange.
  • Follow the conversation! #ONC2022 Note: you must register for the April sessions even if you registered for and attended the education sessions in February. Agenda
    April 15, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    The ONC Health IT Certification Program will be hosting a month of Inferno office hour sessions for health IT developers. Health IT developers implementing and certifying to the ONC Certification criterion at 170.315(g)(10) are encouraged to attend. The Inferno team will cover the release of Inferno Framework, including (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit. You can learn more about the changes that are part of this release by reading the release notes in the (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit GitHub repository. The prior release of the Inferno Program Edition (Release 1.9) will be hosted on inferno.healthit.gov/inferno for at least the next two months to support health IT developers’ transition to the new version of the tool. We encourage all Inferno users to visit and test the new Inferno Framework and please continue to provide feedback on the § 170.315(g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit GitHub page, engage the developer community on the chat.fhir.org Inferno page, and send ONC any inquiries using the ONC Health IT Feedback and Inquiry Portal.
    March 9, 2022 From 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET
    The ONC Health IT Certification Program held the second of a series of quarterly roundtable meetings for health IT developers on March 9, 2022 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET . This public meeting that was open to all health IT developers, regardless of their participation in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. During these meetings, ONC leads discussions tailored for the health IT developer community on topics such as program updates, certification deadlines, and developer requirements. Round Table Slides [PDF - 3.4 MB] Agenda:
    February 24 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
    ONC issued an RFI on January 21, 2022 seeking input from the public about electronic prior authorization standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria that could be adopted within the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Join us for office hours on February 24 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET to hear more information about the RFI, the process for commenting, and to ask your questions.
    February 9, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted a webinar and workshop on February 9th to raise awareness for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) Initiative. The event was an effort to create national resilience through access to health information during disasters, including public health emergencies and natural disasters. Peers engaged in discussions on the current state of the PULSE Community technical solution, implementation and use considerations, promising practices, and enhancement opportunities. Additionally, there was a presentations from state partners who shared their experiences with the implementation and use of PULSE during emergency response events. The session agenda included:
  • An overview of the PULSE Initiative
  • A deep dive on the PULSE Community technical solution
  • State perspectives on PULSE Implementations
  • Breakout group discussions on challenges and opportunities
  • Ideas for the future of PULSE Community
  • Wrap-up
  • View the Presentation Slides [PDF - 4.8MB] PULSE Community Listening Session & Workshop Summary [PDF - 730KB] View PULSE Community Listening Session & Workshop Summary [PDF - 154 KB]
    January 14, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
    An ONC Artificial Intelligence Showcase – Seizing the Opportunities and Managing the Risks of Use of AI in Health IT Join us on January 14, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET, as we spotlight how federal agencies and industry partners are championing the design, development, and deployment of responsible, trustworthy AI in health IT.  Watch updates from federal agencies working to support AI innovation, while attempting to mitigate the risks of AI in health care, including its potential for unethical use and exacerbating systemic biases. Additionally, there will be presentations and demos from industry partners who are on the cutting edge of responsibly deploying AI in their organizations. A panel discussion will also be held at the end of the day.  View Agenda [PDF - 246 KB] View Presentation Slides [PDF - 12 MB] Watch Event Recording
    December 16, 2021 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    On December 16 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm ET, ONC hosted a webinar, led by members of the Lantern Project, to discuss recent efforts to advance patient access through standards-based APIs. Through the Lantern Project, ONC has worked with stakeholders on proposed guidance for certified API developers to conform to Cures Final Rule requirements on FHIR endpoint list publication. Participants learned more about Lantern and discussed the proposed guidance on making endpoint list publication more standard and uniform.    Please note: in the attached slide deck and recording the e-mail address, alert-lantern@hitrc.org, is no longer active. Please e-mail LanternSupport@groups.mitre.org, Instead. View presentation slides [PDF - 2.8 MB]    
    Friday, December 10
    Got questions about information sharing under ONC’s information blocking regulations?  Join ONC’s experts for our virtual office hours on Friday, December 10 from 2:00 – 3:30 to ask us about the information blocking regulations in ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act final rule.
    December 9, 2021 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
    Join the ONC Health IT Certification Program on December 9, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET in the first of a series of quarterly roundtable meetings for health IT developers. This is a public meeting that is open to all health IT developers, regardless of their participation in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. During these meetings, ONC will lead discussions tailored for the health IT developer community on topics such as program updates, certification deadlines, and developer requirements.    During the roundtable on December 9, health IT developers can expect the following topics to be addressed:   
  • Real World Testing Plan Submission
  • CHPL Developer Access
  • § 170.315(g)(10): Standardized API for Patient and Population Services
  • § 170.315(b)(3): Electronic Prescribing
  • § 170.315(d)(12): Encrypt Authentication Credential
  •   View presentation slides [PDF - 2029 KB]
    November 17, 2021 at 1:30PM ET
    Join us on November 17, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm EST for the next webinar in ONC’s clinician-focused webinar series on information sharing and the information blocking regulation. ONC 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 electronic health information (EHI)?
  • Why does information sharing matter and how does it empower health care providers?
  • What are allowable exceptions and when do they apply?
  • What is the process for reporting potential information blocking and what happens after it is reported?
  • Note: If you’re unable to join the live presentation, a recording will be made available.   View presentation slides [PDF - 2.3 MB]
    Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pleased to invite you to the Synthetic Health Data Challenge Winning Solutions Webinar. The webinar celebrates our six Challenge winners, each of whom will present their innovative work supporting the development of Synthea™ data-generation modules and the use of Synthea-generated synthetic health data. Register and attend to learn more.
    Friday, September 24
    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
    September 23 and September 24, 2021
    Virtual
    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
    Virtual
    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
    Location: Virtual
    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
    Location: Virtual
    Already Registered? Access the Event Here If you need to register retroactively, please contact jennifer.gillissen@kauffmaninc.com. 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: Agenda details and speakers are subject to change.
    MARCH 29 - 30, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Watch the Annual Meeting On Demand Thank you for joining ONC and over 3,000 health IT partners for the all-virtual 2021 ONC Annual Meeting, held March 29-30, 2021 Re-watch all of the sessions and check out the Exhibit Hall booths by logging in today.
    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]