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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


Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
Check out this week’s Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project, FHIR-based terminology server at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY that maintains clinical concepts in a large semantic data network.

Interested in having your interoperability project featured as an IPG Spotlight? Simply submit a new project at the IPG or update the status of a project that had been posted within the last 90 days. Once a project is submitted or updated, projects will automatically be added to the feature queue to be randomly selected as a featured project. Learn more about the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight and the IPG.

Sync for Genes Phase 2 Pilots Submission Extension
The deadline for the Sync for Genes Phase 2 Pilot has been extended. The pilot tests real-world use cases using the Health Level 7 (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) Genomics Implementation Guidance as part of the work to advance the All of Us Research Program. Interested Sync for Genes Phase 2 participants must submit thePilot ProfiletoMr. Apurva Dharia before 8:00pm ET Friday, December 22, 2017.

Secure API Server Showdown Challenge: Stage 1 Deadline
Developers are invited to build a secure, ready-to-use FHIR server as part of the latest ONC challenge - the Secure API Server Showdown. The winning FHIR server will have security built-in using current industry standards, best practices, and recently issued healthcare-specific implementation guide requirements. The deadline for Stage 1 is 11:59pm ET Monday, January 15, 2018. Submissions can be uploaded via the submission form on the challenge website.

Other Health IT Updates

CMS: Join the CMS Blue Button® API Developer Preview
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a Developer Preview for the CMS Blue Button API. Third-party software developers participating in the preview can build integrations to access sample Medicare Parts A, B, and D claims data and provide feedback on the prototype. This data reveals a variety of information about a beneficiary’s health, including type of Medicare coverage, drug prescriptions, primary care treatment, and cost. Join the developer preview.