2019 Advocacy Updates
Opportunity Open for a Fellowship
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is supporting a new generation of public health leaders in organizations across the country. These leaders will get their start as Bloomberg Fellows.
The Bloomberg Fellows Program offers a full scholarship and $10,000 stipend for the Master of Public Health (MPH) or a full scholarship for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We’re looking for applicants who are on the front lines in their communities tackling some of the most pressing challenges to public health.
To be considered for the Bloomberg Fellows Program, applicants must apply to both the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)) and the Bloomberg Fellows Program.
Applications for the 2020 Bloomberg Fellows class are now open! The application deadline is December 1, 2019.
The Bloomberg School of Public Health strives for a highly diverse class in terms of race and ethnicity, income, geography, and other key areas.
Learn more and apply to the Bloomberg Fellows Program.
Calendar of Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Events & Activities
To find the latest events and activities related to HITAC, go to the on-line calendar to view and select items of interest.
The HITAC Calendar contains links to meetings and work products of its committees and task forces. The public can listen to these meetings and provide public comment at the end of each call by registering. Links to specific meetings include agendas, reports and recordings of proceedings of HITAC and its various task forces.
Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Task Force: Final Recommendations to the HITAC
Members can access the final recommendations released on July 11, 2019, documenting by clicking on this link.
Designation Received for Presidential Level of Advocacy
Great News! The Advocacy efforts by the Michigan Chapter of HIMSS has been recognized by national HIMSS by designating the status of Presidential Level of Advocacy Chapter.
Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities: The Chapter is always seeking members to join the various activities related to Advocacy. If you are interested, please contact Helen Hill.
2018 Advocacy Updates
- Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – Open for Review and Comment
- ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum
- CHPL Data Challenge Informational Webinar
- Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
- Health IT Advisory Committee Upcoming Meeting
- Other Health IT Updates
Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – Open for Review and Comment
Today marks the start of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) annual review and comment period. The ISA is an interactive catalog of standards and implementation specifications supporting interoperability in healthcare, and stakeholder input is crucial to ensure it contains the latest and most accurate industry information. Share your thoughts by commenting by October 1, when work begins to finalize the ISA for the 2019 Reference Edition, published later this year.
Learn more about the ISA and comment period by reading “Interoperability Standards Advisory: Annual Request for Comments”.
ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum
ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum is around the corner! Webcast registration is still open to virtually attend the Interoperability Forum on August 6 and 8. Learn more about this event by visiting ONC's 2nd Interoperability Forum.
CHPL Data Challenge Informational Webinar
ONC recently announced the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge. This prize challenge calls on developers, researchers, and innovators to use the CHPL’s API to better use the CHPL’s data available to help providers, consumers, and the broader health IT community. Tomorrow, on August 1, ONC will host an informational webinar on the CHPL Data Challenge to provide challenge details, describe the CHPL APIs, and answer questions.
Registration: CHPL Data Challenge Informational Webinar
Date & Time: TOMORROW! August 1, 2018 at 2:00pm ET
Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is The Common Healthcare Data Interoperability Project, a collaboration between Pew Charitable Trusts and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). The Common Healthcare Data Interoperability Project's goal is to standardize common data elements by creating an implementation guide for database developers that assists developers and registries in the implementation of existing standards.
Learn how your interoperability project can be featured as an IPG Spotlight by visiting the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG). Once a project is submitted or updated, projects will automatically be added to the feature queue to be randomly selected as a featured project.
Health IT Advisory Committee Upcoming Meetings
The next Health IT Advisory Committee meeting will be held September 5, 2018.
Other Health IT Updates
NIST Update: Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices
Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Cybersecurity Practice Guide, Special Publication: 1800-1, Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices. This cybersecurity practice guide provides IT implementers and security engineers with a detailed architecture guided by standards and best practices from NIST and others, including coverage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Download the full guide or download all sections including supplemental files. For questions or to learn more about this project, email email@example.com.
HRSA Mothers and Children Innovation Challenges
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau launched four MCHB Grand Challenges to find low-cost innovative solutions that will help improve the health of mothers and children. The four challenges areas are:
- Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity Challenge
- Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Challenge
- Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge
- Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge
Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide
CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback. In addition, CMS posted the 2017 Performance Feedback Fact Sheet. This offers an overview of what performance feedback is, who receives the feedback, and how to access it on the Quality Payment Program website.
January 19, 2018: Latest Update to Comment Period on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Update
Join ONC for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Part II discussion that will exclusively focus on answering your questions, so come prepared with your top queries.
Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 2018 from 3:30 - 4:30pm ET
Register: Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Webinar Part II Q&A
Remember the deadline to submit comments for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework has been extended to Thursday, February 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Please submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, please read the Health IT Buzz blog post: Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement: A Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information Interoperability.
Public Comment Period Now Open: Friday, January 5, 2018
Deadline: Responses are due to ONC by 11:59pm ET on February 18, 2018.
ONC has just released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) for public comment. “The 21st Century Cures Act requires ONC to develop or support a trusted exchange framework, including a common agreement among health information networks nationally. “
- HIMSS will organize a review and comment group, but individual members and their organizations are encouraged to review and respond, too. Check your mailbox for the notification send on Friday, January 5, 2018.
- All responses will be posted on ONC’s website (www.healthit.gov).
- ONC has released a series of helpful documents, including a Users Guide to Understanding the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework.
- ONC is also hosting a webinar on TEFCA next Tuesday, January 11, 2018, at 11am ET. Registration for webinar: Visit the healthit.gov website (see WEBINAR) https://beta.healthit.gov/topic/interoperability/trusted-exchange-framework-and-common-agreement
ONC Annual Meeting
Live Webcast sessions for November 30 – December 1, 2017
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) looks forward to your participation at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting, Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability! The meeting begins tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 and runs through Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. Free, on-site registration will be available. If you are unable to attend the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting, you can join the webcast of the plenary sessions on both days as well as the Trusted Exchange Framework & Common Agreement session on day 1.