EHR Intelligence: ONC Opens Interoperability Proving Ground for COVID-19 Data

“The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) is calling all health IT professionals who are working on COVID-19 interoperability projects to share it with colleagues on the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) platform.”

“Started in 2016, IPG is an open, community platform where health IT professionals can share and learn about interoperability projects that are happening around the country.”

“’Through mission, patriotism, and sheer will, many of you – from the front lines to the coding scrums – have stepped up to gather data, release new best practices, create new connections, and point out gaps,’ Steven Posnack, MS, deputy national coordinator for Health Information Technology, wrote in a blog post.”

“’There’s so much going on it’s easy to be overwhelmed and hard to keep track. Should you join an initiative or start one of your own? Is someone confronting the same challenge you are? If we all share our efforts, the health IT community can come together in the most nimble way possible to provide tools that can help fight this pandemic.’”

“Posnack explained if a health IT professional is working on a COVID-19 interoperability project and wants to share it to the public, the individual can login to ONC Tech Lab, enter a title, provide a brief description, and tag it ‘COVID-19…’”

“Eric Perakslis, PhD, Rubenstein fellow at Duke University, and Erich Huang, MD, data scientist and chief data officer for quality for Duke Health, used a STAT op-ed to offer their thoughts on why the coronavirus pandemic is a major stress test for EHR interoperability…” Read the full article here.

Source: ONC Opens Interoperability Proving Ground for COVID-19 Data – By Christopher Jason, April 1, 2020. EHR Intelligence.

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