Healthcare IT News: ONC releases update on Sync for Science pilot project

“The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT this week released a brief describing the experiences of participants in the Sync for Science pilot, nearly five years since the project’s launch.”

“The S4S pilot supported organizations in enabling patients to donate data to researchers at the National Institutes of Health through the development of APIs.”

“By the end of the pilot project period, 11 provider sites were participating via Allscripts, Cerner, eClinicalWorks and Epic.”

“Six of those successfully launched with connectivity to the NIH‘s All of Us research project are: Cedars-Sinai Health Clinic, Cerner Health Clinic, Duke University Health System, Partners HealthCare, Rush University Medical Center and University of Missouri Health Care.”

“According to the brief, ONC used the participants’ experiences to identify barriers to broader adoption of patient-directed data sharing, as well as facilitators for that broader adoption…”

“As the ONC brief notes, organizations are currently implementing the patient-facing standards-based API enabling individuals to share data with the apps of their choice in response to the ONC Cures Act Final Rule.”

“‘The S4S pilot project established early efforts to support patient-directed sharing of health information with research,’ read the brief.”

“However, the establishment of the FHIR standard alone isn’t enough. As health IT leaders noted at the American Medical Informatics Association annual virtual symposium this week, barriers remain to…” Read the full article here.

Source: ONC releases update on Sync for Science pilot project – By Kat Jercich, November 18, 2020. Healthcare IT News.

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