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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


ONC & CMS Public Listening Session on Reducing Clinician Burden
As part of 21st Century Cures Act implementation (Cures), ONC and CMS will hold a public listening session to hear from stakeholders on reducing clinician burden. Seating for the session is extremely limited to 100 on a first-come basis, and a conference line will allow registrants to share their comments and offer potential solutions to ONC and CMS. The listening session will support ONC’s efforts under Cures to document the effects of clinician burden and, with CMS, to establish a goal, with strategy and recommendations to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens related to the use of electronic health records. ONC will update registrants with meeting logistics and a draft agenda.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: US Department of Health and Human Services* and phone conference
*In-person seating is limited to 100 people, but attendees on the phone will also have the opportunity to provide input.
Register for the meeting

LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY: 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.
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Register: Interoperability in Action Webinar Series # 4 – Blockchain in Healthcare

Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Comments Deadline Approaching
Remember the deadline to submit comments for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework is Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please submit comments to For more information about the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement read the Health IT Buzz blog post: Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement: A Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information Interoperability.

NEW: Sync for Science (S4S) API Privacy and Security Report
This document describes key considerations for implementing and managing application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare with respect to the privacy and security of health information. These considerations were developed as a result of testing and assessing a volunteer subset of the implementations of the Sync for Science (S4S) API. Read the report.

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is the EzVac: Immunization Forecasts using FHIR at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The goal of this proof-of-concept project is to provide clinical decision support on vaccine forecasting using FHIR services and, additionally, extend implementation to provide FHIR-based immunization queries within the institution.Visit the link above to learn more.

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 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

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

Other Health IT Updates
2018 eCQM Annual Update Pre-Publication Document
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the 2018 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document, which describes changes in the standards, terminology, and measures reflecting updated requirements for the 2019 reporting/performance period. View the full announcement at the electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center.