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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


Reducing Clinician Burden: An ONC & CMS Public Meeting
Time is running out to register to participate in-person for the joint ONC and CMS public meeting on reducing clinician burden. This work is required under the 21st Century Cures Act. Participants will be able to provide their experience and insight about challenges and opportunities to reduce burdens associated with documentation requirements, clinical practice, and the use of electronic health records. In-person seating is extremely limited; register now before capacity is reached.

Date and Time: February 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: In-Person and Phone conference (In-person attendance is near capacity.)

Register for the meeting

Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Comments Deadline Approaching
The deadline to submit comments for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework is coming quickly! Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET next Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Comments can be submitted 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

Secure API Server Showdown Challenge: Stage 1 Winner Announced
ONC has selected Asymmetrik as the Stage 1 winner of the Secure API Server Showdown Challenge . This challenge invited interested stakeholders to build a secure, FHIR server using current industry standards, best practices, and recently issued healthcare-specific implementation guide requirements. As a next step, Asymmetrik will deploy and maintain their FHIR server in a test environment provided by ONC throughout the duration of Stage 2’s server track, and they will be eligible to receive $10,000 at the conclusion of the prize challenge. The goal of Stage 2 is to further harden the open source FHIR server by enabling dedicated testing of the security components by the participants. Read more information about the Secure API Serve Showdown Challenge and Stage 1 Winner.

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is: AMA Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI). IHMI brings together health care and technology stakeholders to enable interoperable technology solutions and care models that evolve with real-world use and feedback. IHMI features a digital platform and incorporates essential data elements centered around function, state and patient goals.

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 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

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.