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March 5-9, 2018
ONC is pleased to participate in a number of activities during the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas from March 5-9, 2018. We hope you will join us and look forward to connecting with health care IT stakeholders across the industry. Stay engaged in ONC conversation via Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT or conversations related to HIMSS using hashtag #HIMSS18.
February 22, 2018 10 AM – 4:30 PM ET
Hubert Humphrey Building Auditorium
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201
Under the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are charged with documenting the effects of clinician burden and providing suggestions on how to reduce clinician burden associated with clinical practice and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). We invite you to participate in a multi-stakeholder meeting on February 22nd from 10 AM to 4:30 PM at the Hubert Humphrey Building Auditorium in Washington, DC or via phone. It would be particularly valuable for those currently working on initiatives to reduce clinician burden within your organization or with direct clinical practice experience to participate. Discussion facilitators:
  • John Fleming, MD, ONC, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Technology Reform
  • Andrew Gettinger, MD, ONC, Chief Clinical Officer
  • Thomas Mason, MD, ONC, Chief Medical Officer
  • Kate Goodrich, MD, CMS, Chief Medical Officer, Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
  • Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP, Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
  • Registration for this event is now closed.  
    February 13, 2018 12:30 - 5 pm ET
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) are proud to present the 4th installment of the Interoperability in Action Webinar series, which will focus on the use of blockchain technology and its current and future implications in the healthcare field. The event will kick-off with keynote speaker Justin Herman of General Services Administration (GSA), as well as a Blockchain update presented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  The webinar will also feature presentations from the four 1st round winners of ONC’s Health Data Provenance Challenge in which participants proposed solutions to real-world obstacles for provenance in clinical care. Of the four 1st round winners, three proposed solutions involved the use of blockchain technology. Finally, we will conclude the event with an HHS Roundtable and Q & A session. To Join: https://cccwebinars.webex.com/cccwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0c0b0877e0b2cb0e9d9ed625138c3692 Event number: 640 625 147  Event password: W7JJEYZY  Audio conference: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code. US Toll Free: 1-844-621-3956  US Toll+1-240-454-0887 Access code: 640 625 147 Previous events:
  • Inaugural Interoperability in Action Day
  • Advancing Interoperable Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
  • Patient Matching Milestones at ONC
  • Webinar: Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

    January 19, 2018 3:30-4:30 PM EST
    Webinar
    Due to the overwhelming number of questions from stakeholders on the January 11 webinar, ONC will host a follow-up webinar, the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Part II: Q&A, on January 19, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 PM EST. ONC staff will be available to answer the outstanding questions and any new questions as time permits. Space is limited, so register today.
    November 30 – December 1, 2017
    Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
    The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held November 30-December 1, 2017 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. This year’s event, Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability, will feature engaging keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions. During these sessions with public and private partners, you can hear how they are improving the usability and interoperability of health IT. The hotel is holding a block of rooms for the meeting until Sunday, October 29, 2017, based on availability. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

    21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Meeting #2 – Webinar Only

    Friday, September 29, 2017 1 pm – 5 pm ET
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host the second in a series of meetings and webinars to inform our work in support of the 21st Century Cures Act trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in Section 4003 of the law. ONC looks forward to working with stakeholders on implementation of this Cures provision—an integral component of the nationwide network-to-network exchange of health data and a critical part of ONC’s charge to support nationwide interoperability. As part of the September 29, 2017 webinar, ONC will share the results of a recent analysis of existing frameworks that support the interoperable flow of health information across disparate networks. The webinar will also provide an opportunity to hear more about the public comments ONC has received, as well as the status of the efforts to date to fulfill the requirement as outlined in the Cures Act. Following the September 29th webinar, we anticipate hosting the third and final meeting in this series in late November as part of the ONC Annual Meeting. Registration for the webinar is at capacity. Please check back here for the meeting transcript and slides following the meeting.
    Tuesday August 15, 2017 / 9:15 am – 5:30 pm (ET) Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (ET)
    Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC
    (In-person Only)
    WHEN: Tuesday August 15, 2017 / 9:15 am – 5:30 pm (ET) Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (ET) WHERE: Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC(In-person Only) WHO: Health IT Standards and Technology Community HOW: In-person Only Cost: Free! (Attendance is limited.) On August 15-16, 2017, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host a two-day, in-person only, technical interoperability forum with standards and technology industry stakeholders to:
  • Identify industry alignment around priority interoperability use cases.
  • Gain insight into current and expected interoperability challenges, including information blocking.
  • Better understand next steps that respective stakeholders can take individually and collectively to improve interoperability among health IT systems.
  • The 21st Century Cures Act charges ONC with improving interoperability among health IT systems, including reducing information blocking, and enhancing the usability, accessibility, and privacy and security of health IT.  Likewise, the law encourages continued engagement with industry stakeholders to inform both challenges and successes in achieving interoperability. These two days will focus on how ONC, our federal partners, the health care industry, and the technology sector can come together to shape the technical aspects of interoperability to achieve these important goals. If you lead, develop, and implement health IT systems or standards, this event is for you.
    July 26, 2017 12 pm to 4 pm, EDT
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
    This half-day webinar will focus on the current state of interoperability of social determinants of health (SDOH) screening and assessment tools in care delivery, and describe their role in newer care and payment models. We will describe efforts and available resources to increase the interoperability of SDOH tools, concepts and data elements. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the principles of interoperability and how to leverage health IT to support the use of SDOH in clinical practice and to improve clinical decision support and quality measurement, care coordination, and population health management.
    Monday, July 24, 2017
    Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave., SW
    During the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement kick-off meeting on July 24, 2017, ONC shared preliminary results of an ongoing analysis of existing frameworks and organizations that support the interoperable flow of health information across disparate networks, and alignment and gaps related to enabling trusted exchange nationally. Participants heard remarks from Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator, and Genevieve Morris, Principal Deputy National Coordinator, as well as a personal perspective on interoperability from Cynthia Fisher. Brief overviews and a panel question and answer session on National Trust Frameworks and Network-to-Network Connectivity also took place during the kick-off meeting. The panel included representatives from the following networks: Carequality – Dave Cassell; CARIN Alliance – Ryan Howells; CommonWell – Jitin Asnaani; Digital Bridge – Walter Suarez; DirectTrust – David Kibbe; eHealth Exchange – Mariann Yeager; NATE – Aaron Seib; and SHIEC – David Kendrick and Dick Thompson.

    21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Webinar Series

  • View agenda and additional content from the July 24 kick-off meeting
  • View details for upcoming September 29 webinar
  • Over the coming months, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to inform our work in support of the 21st Century Cures Act trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in Section 4003 of the law. ONC looks forward to working with stakeholders on implementation of this Cures provision—an integral component of nationwide network-to-network exchange of health data and a critical part of ONC’s charge to support nationwide interoperability.  As part of our engagement with stakeholders, ONC held a 30-day public comment period to receive comments on the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions in Section 4003 of the Cures Act—including comments specifying considerations, concerns, and success stories for the exchange of health data across networks. Throughout this process, ONC looks forward to engaging with stakeholders across the health IT spectrum—including clinicians, policymakers, state and federal agencies, exchange service providers and organizations, and the private sector. We anticipate subsequent meetings, and the next meeting is expected to be in the early fall. These meetings, in addition to the public comment period, will help us gather more information about successful network-to-network exchange of health information, as outlined in the Cures Act. Public Comments on the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework are Now Closed.
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