ONC Awards $2M for Health IT Interoperability Projects

Original Article by ehrintelligence.com
Posted on August 15th, 2023 by Hannah Nelson

Part of the ONC funding will go towards a health IT project to drive advance care planning interoperability using advanced FHIR standards.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced two awards totaling $2 million under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology (LEAP in Health IT) funding opportunity.

LEAP in Health IT awardees seek to create solutions to improve healthcare delivery, advance clinical research capabilities, and address emerging healthcare interoperability challenges.

ONC released a Special Emphasis Notice in April 2023 that sought LEAP applications for two areas of interest:

  1. Exploring the use of advanced Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) capabilities
  2. Identifying data quality improvements for United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) data elements

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The second LEAP in Health IT awardee is Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the largest, most comprehensive pediatric medical centers nationwide.

The hospital’s project centers on creating an open-source platform that enables access to high-quality, standardized healthcare data, focusing on the USCDI in FHIR format.

Objectives of the project include:

  • Formulate and implement an iterative process to comprehend and assess the quality of structured and unstructured USCDI elements.
  • Materialize the process from objective one into an open-source infrastructure leveraging FHIR APIs in care delivery sites.
  • Implement the infrastructure at various sites, and once refined, share a snapshot of the data quality at those sites as a representative benchmark with root cause analysis of data anomalies.