Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health IT)

The LEAP in Health IT projects address fast emerging and future challenges to advance the development and use of interoperable health IT.  It is critical that the field of health care innovate and leverage the latest technological advancements and breakthroughs far quicker than it currently does to optimize real-time solutions, especially in areas that are ripe for acceleration. To do so, these projects will further a new generation of health IT development and inform the innovative implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges as they are identified.

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FY 2019 award press release

FY 2018 award press release

FY 2019 Awards

Project: Scalable Consent Framework for the Advancement of Interoperability with Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) based APIs


The project will focus on software development and research of standards, use case and community testing, production deployment, pilots, tutorials, and population health, and consent management. They will also develop and make available a FHIR® Consent Implementation Guide (IG) and package of open-source prototypes and content to assist partners in using the FHIR® Consent Resource.

Principal Investigator: Mohammad Jafir

Grant Number: AX9000198

Award Amount: $999,683

Organization: San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange dba San Diego Health Connect

Location: San Diego, CA

Project Dates: 8/28/2019 - 8/27/2021

Area of Interest: Standardization and Implementation of Scalable Health Level 7 International’s (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Consent Resource


Project: FHIRedApp: An API-based patient engagement platform for the 21st Century


This project will focus on developing and testing a patient-engagement platform to support an ecosystem of mobile applications (apps) intended to enhance opportunities for underrepresented populations to better participate in health research and care, that addresses patient security and privacy needs, utilizing user-centered design approaches, and will allow for appropriate data sharing from disparate sources across patients, clinicians, and researchers.

Principal Investigator: Anjum Khurshid

Grant Number: AX9000196

Award Amount: $999,287

Organization: The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Location: Austin, TX

Project Dates: 8/28/2019 - 8/27/2021

Area of Interest: Design, Develop, and Demonstrate Enhanced Patient Engagement Technologies for Care and Research.


FY 2018 Awards

Project: Pop Health on FLAT FHIR: A SMART Approach to Universal Healthcare Reporting


This project will expand the scope, scale, and utility of population-level application programing interfaces (APIs) including enhancing the use of flat data files and creating a new population health analytics app allowing payors to access permitted data and metrics on covered populations through the use of those files.

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Mandl

Grant Number: 90AX0022

Award Amount: $999,868

Organization: Children’s Hospital Corporation

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Project Dates: 9/19/2018 - 9/18/2020

Area of Interest: Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of population-level data-focused application programming interfaces (APIs)


Project: Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Leveraging Health IT Architecture to Advance Clinical Knowledge and Care Coordination


This project will advance clinical knowledge at the point of care by transforming isolated risk calculators into open standards-based applications that seamlessly and securely run across health IT platforms and provider organizations to optimize clinical workflow, improve care coordination, and support patient engagement.

Principal Investigator: Kristen E. Miller

Grant Number: 90AX0023/01-00

Award Amount: $1,000,000

Organization: MedStar Health Research Institute

Location: Hyattsville, Maryland

Project Dates: 9/19/2018 to 9/18/2020

Area of Interest: Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care

Content last reviewed on September 11, 2019
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