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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 in Action Webinar Series # 4 – Blockchain in Healthcare
Join ONC for the fourth installment of the Interoperability in Action Webinar Series. This webinar focuses on the use of blockchain technology and its potential in healthcare. Join the webinar for:

  • A keynote by Justin Herman of General Services Administration (GSA)
  • A blockchain update by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Presentations from the four 1st round winners of ONC’s Health Data Provenance Challenge
  • A HHS Roundtable
  • An opportunity to get some of your blockchain questions answered

Register: Interoperability in Action Webinar Series # 4 – Blockchain in Healthcare
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Secure API Server Showdown Challenge: Stage 2 – Registration Deadline Approaching
The registration deadline is quickly approaching for Stage 2 of the Secure API Server Showdown. Participants will test their winning FHIR servers from Stage 1 and identify potential security vulnerabilities for a chance to win cash prizes. The deadline to register for Stage 2 is Monday, February 5, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. ET. Participants can sign up via the Stage 2 registration form on the challenge website.

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is the CDA Viewer - Medical Record Rendering Application and Server. This project, an open collaboration built from the winning HL7/ONC C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge entry, is designed to extend the CDA viewing functionality for easy viewing, analysis, and editing of CDA files.

Share your interoperability project by 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 IPG Spotlight.

Health IT Advisory Committee Upcoming Meetings
Health IT Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Health IT Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Other Health IT Updates

AHRQ Announces Funding Opportunities for Patient Safety Learning Labs
An AHRQ funding opportunity announcement for up to eight awards is available for the creation and use of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These are multidisciplinary teams, including doctors, engineers, designers, nurses, information technology experts, and researchers, who investigate threats to safe patient care and proper diagnosis.

AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: Patient Safety Learning Labs
Deadline: Letters of Intent are due Monday, February 26, 2018