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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


ICYMI: Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Update
On January 5, 2018, ONC released a draft version of the Trusted Exchange Framework for public comment. The 21st Century Cures Act requires ONC to develop or support a trusted exchange framework, including a common agreement among health information networks nationally. The Draft Trusted Exchange Framework focuses on policies, procedures, and technical standards that build from existing health information network capabilities and enables them to work together to provide a single “on-ramp” to patient information regardless of what health IT developer they use, health information exchange or network they contract with, or how far across the country the patients’ records are located.

Read the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework, download A User’s Guide to Understanding the Trusted Exchange Framework, and submit your comments to Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 18, 2018.

Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Dataset and Scoring Platform Available for Research
For those who are interested in algorithm development, assessment, and analysis, the ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge dataset and scoring platform used in last year’s challenge will remain available until June 1, 2018. You will need to register to download the dataset and submit runs to the scoring platform at the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge website.

Please note, the challenge has closed and all prizes have been awarded. The leaderboard reflects the top 20 F-scores, top 5 First Runs, and top 5 Recalls but no longer displays the final team standings.

Secure API Server Showdown Challenge: Stage 1 Deadline
Interested participants have six more days before the stage 1 deadline of the Secure Application Programming Interface (API) Server Showdown. Submissions can still be uploaded via the submission form on the challenge website. The winning FHIR servers will have security built-in using current industry standards, best practices, and recently issued healthcare-specific implementation guide requirements.

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge. This project highlights a past ONC challenge intended to spur the development of third-party, consumer-facing applications that use open, standardized APIs to help consumers aggregate their data in one place and under their control.

Haveyour interoperability project featured as an IPG Spotlightby submitting 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, it will be added to the queue to be randomly selected as a featured project. Learn more about the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight and the IPG.

Other Health IT Updates

CMS Launches Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that doctors and other eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can begin submitting their 2017 performance data using a new system on the Quality Payment Program website. Eligible clinicians can now use the new system to submit their 2017 performance data during the 2017 submission period which runs from January 2, 2018 to March 31, 2018. Learn more from CMS.

AHRQ: Better Health IT Design to Ease Provider Burden Webinar
Registration is open for an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) webinar to discuss the design and use of electronic health records (EHRs) to ease provider burden related to cognitive workloads. Presenters will discuss the use of EHRs to support physician-patient interactions and effective EHR design to improve both clinical workflow and patient follow-up. Optimal design for blood clot prevention alerts and abnormal pap smear follow-up will be a focus.

Register: AHRQ National Web Conference on Reducing Provider Burden through Better Health IT Design*
Date & Time: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
*Attendees can earn 1.5 hours of free continuing medical education credits (CME)/continuing education units (CEUs) for participating.