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ONC announces $1.5 million in grants to advance interoperability

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The ONC announced Monday two new funding initiatives to advance common standards and increase interoperability. ONC head Karen DeSalvo revealed that the agency is allocating $1.5 million to the projects.

“Our goal is to accomplish a system where we improve the way providers are incentivized and the way we distribute information,” DeSalvo said at the 2016 Health Datapalooza held in Washington, DC. “Not just free and available data, but to improve transparency. We need to data to be open and available. And perhaps more importantly, to give people the information they need to be engaged and empowered.”

Two new funding initiatives, dubbed High Impact Pilots Standards Exploration Award, will focus on improving care delivery and data standards.

High Impact Pilots will divide $1.25 million among 3-7 awardees who will focus on implementing HIT Standards Committee recommendations and the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. The Standards Exploration Award will give $250,000 to 3-5 organizations and follows the same goals as High Impact Pilots. Awardees must produce results within one year.

The following quote from DeSalvo stands out for several reasons:

“The data is bursting at the doors. And providers are demanding we set it free,” she said. “We need to move quickly to where access to data is the norm and not the exception.”

It’s true that there are more apps producing more health data than ever before in healthcare, yet there seems to be confusion and disappointment that the expensive EHR systems that the government incented providers to implement, are not able to actively exchange and incorporate data.

However, here at Corepoint Health, we believe that building an interoperable foundation via Corepoint Integration Engine can help solve many of the interop headaches that plague the industry. Starting with an interoperable data foundation allows hospitals and providers of all sizes to easily implement new applications and exchange data between them… regardless of their location. Having that flexibility also has the advantage of removing many of the technological barriers experienced when hospitals look to scale their operations to incorporate new applications or facilities.

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