HealthITBuzz: Sharing Genomic Data for Patient Care – Sync for Genes Phase 4 Wraps Up

The Sync for Genes program, launched by ONC in 2017 in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, aims to enable the sharing of standardized genomic information among laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers by advancing the development and use of industry-supported standards, such as the Health Level Seven International® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard.

This work has been advanced by pilot site demonstration projects conducted through a series of project phases.

  • Phase 1 focused on testing of use cases included in HL7®’s Clinical Genomics Workgroup’s Domain Analysis Model, the results of which contributed to the Genomics Reporting Implementation Guide as part of the FHIR Release 3.0.
  • Phase 2 showed how genomic data could be exchanged for newborn screening, cancer treatment, pharmacogenomics, and bone marrow matching.
  • Gaps in the FHIR Clinical Genomics specification, as applied to the sharing and integration of genomic data generated by laboratories into the health care setting, were identified and addressed in Phase 3…

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