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ONC Issues Health Information Technology Update

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued its weekly update on health information technology issues.  You can read the complete ONC update, with links to additional resources, below.

What's Happening in Health IT


  • THIS WEEK: 2017 ONC Annual Meeting
  • New: Sync for Genes Announcement
  • Other Health IT Updates

    THIS WEEK: 2017 ONC Annual Meeting onc 2017 annual meeting speakers2
    ONC’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability, is less than two days away! Learn more about keynote speakers Eric Dishman, director of the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Dr. Don Rucker, national coordinator for health IT. Check out the FINAL AGENDA for more information. Onsite registration will be available both days. In addition, we will be offering a webcast for the plenary sessions on both days, as well as the Trusted Exchange Framework & Common Agreement session on day 1.

    Date:Thursday, November 30 – Friday, December 1, 2017
    Location:Washington Hilton,1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    New: Sync for Genes Announcement
    Learn more about ONC’s latest collaboration with NIH supporting the All of Us Research Program – Sync for Genes. Sync for Genes makes major strides towards integrating clinical genomics into clinical care by leveraging the HL7® FHIR® Clinical Genomics standard to support interoperable exchange of genomic data.Learn more about process, pilots, recommendations, and next steps to bring genomic information into research and the point-of-care more easily. Read more on the Health IT Buzz Blog post,These Genes are on FHIR! Advances in Standardizing Genomics through HL7 FHIR.

    Other Health IT Updates

    HHS Opioid Symposium & Code-a-Thon
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking experienced data scientists, computer programmers, researchers, public health experts, and innovators to come to Washington, DC for an opioid Code-a-Thon on December 6-7, which will challenge participants to develop data-driven solutions to combat the opioid epidemic. There will be three prize opportunities up to $10,000 each– one for each challenge track. Learn more about participating in the Code-a-Thon.

    Are you up for the challenge? HHS is looking for teams of 3-5 people who:

  • Have skills that match the need: Desired skills are computer programming, data analytics, and end user design.
  • Are multidisciplinary: Teams should include diverse expertise in areas relevant to the challenge tracks, such as health policy, analytics, social science, design, and/or engineering.
  • Are experienced: Teams should bring significant professional experience in their respective fields and/or have participated in a public or private sector sponsored Code-a-Thon.

Meet the above criteria? Submit your intent to participate.