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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


Join ONC at HIMSS 2018
If you are attending HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas March 6  – 9 you will have a number of opportunities to interact with ONC officials. (All Times Pacific). Mark your calendar for the following events:

Tuesday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ONC Town Hall – Lando 4204
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. TEFCA Update – Lando 4204
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Fireside Chat: Don Rucker, MD, national coordinator for Health IT and Denise Hines, HIMSS Board Chair – Palazzo K

Wednesday, March 7
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. – Sync 4 Science Listening Session – Venetian Room Zeno 4601
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Clinician Burden Reduction Listening Session – Lando 4204
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Sync 4 Science Demo – Venetian Room Zeno 4601

Thursday, March 8
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ONC Policy & Technology Update – Lando 4204
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Burden Reduction: What do we know? What don’t we know? What should we know? – Venetian Room Zeno 4601

Visit for the full list and more information. 

Certification Program Update
Announcing a New ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) and new ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB)

On Friday, ONC announced that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has been granted status as an ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) for the testing of the 2015 Edition certification criteria § 170.315(c)(1)-(c)(4) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. 

ONC also announced on Friday that Gaming Laboratories International, LLC, doing business as SLI Compliance, has been granted status as an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) for the certification of 2014 Edition certification criteria (including Release 2) and 2015 Edition certification criteria in the ONC Health IT Certification Program.  As an ONC- Authorized Testing Laboratory, SLI Compliance has provided testing under the Program since 2012, and has expanded its participation to perform certification activities as well.  For more information on the ONC-ATLs and ONC-ACBs, visit the ONC Health IT Certification Program. To learn more about the ONC-Alternative Test Method including the application and evaluation processes, visit the ONC-Approved Alternative Test Method page.

Secure API Server Showdown Challenge: Stage 2
The Secure API Server Showdown Challenge Stage 2 - the Vulnerability Discovery Stage - opens today! Stage 2 includes two tracks: Server Track and Discovery Track. Learn more about Stage 2 on the Secure API Server Showdown Challenge Page. Please note, Stage 2 submissions are due Monday, April 9, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Health IT Playbook Update: Usability Change Package (UCP)
ONC has updated the Health IT Playbook to include a new resource, the Usability Change Package (UCP). The UCP is designed to help users identify usability challenges, adapt their systems to improve the usability of their systems, and assess the impact of these system changes. 

ONC will host a webinar that previews this new resource. Presenters will provide an overview of the UCP, the process used to develop it, and the gaps and future considerations that were uncovered during development.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register: Preview of the ONC Usability Change Package

Legal and Ethical Architecture for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
ONC released a new collection of tools and resources that provide a common structure and model to help navigate the legal requirements and ethical considerations related to data use, sharing, and disclosure for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. The Legal and Ethical Architecture for PCOR Data is part of ONC’s Privacy and Security Framework for PCOR project. The project is one of the ONC PCOR suite of projects designed to inform policy, standards, and services specific to the adoption and implementation of a PCOR data infrastructure. 

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is: Optimizing Detection and Treatment of High-Risk Heart Failure Patients. This project is a collaboration between RxRevu and UCHealth to automatically detect when high-risk heart failure patients are not prescribed evidence-based medications and gives healthcare providers non-interruptive methods to ensure patients are taking proven, evidence-based medications. Visit the link above to learn more.

Health IT Advisory Committee Upcoming Meetings

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

Health IT Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Other Health IT Updates
CMS showcases Blue Button 2.0 at HIMSS2018
CMS will be showcasing Blue Button 2.0 at HIMSS2018. The CMS Blue Button 2.0 is a FHIR-based API that enables Medicare beneficiaries to connect their Medicare claims data to the applications, services, and research programs they trust. More than 100 organizations have signed up for the API Developer Preview, a program in which software developers can build integrations to access four years of Medicare Part A, B, and D data for 53 million Medicare beneficiaries. Learn more about the CMS Blue Button 2.0 at HIMSS and visit

CQL for Clinicians and Quality Professionals: What it Means for You Webinar
CMS is hosting the “Clinical Quality Language (CQL) for Clinicians and Quality Professionals: What it Means for You” webinar on February 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This session will provide a high-level overview of the CQL standard, explain CQL’s role in interpreting electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) logic, and review what the change in eCQM logic specification means for clinicians and quality professionals. To learn more about CQL, please visit the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center CQL page . CQL related questions should be submitted to the ONC CQL Issue Tracker.

Register: Clinical Quality Language (CQL) for Clinicians and Quality Professionals: What it Means for You webinar

eCQM Annual Update Pre-Publication Document for 2019 Reporting/Performance
CMS has published the Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document describing the versions of the standards and code systems used in conjunction with the updated eCQMs for potential use in CMS programs for 2019 reporting/performance. View the full announcement on the electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center.

2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit
National Coordinator Dr. Don Rucker and Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris are two of the federal, state and industry participants who will speak at the more than 60 sessions at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, April 5 through 7. The summit begins with pre-conference sessions on April 4. Learn more and register to attend.