ONC to invest $625K in patient-facing tools, innovation

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is expanding its efforts when it comes to patient-facing tools and innovation, announcing a $625,000 investment in this area.

There is a growing interest in Health Level 7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and the ability to create application programming interfaces (APIs) using FHIR, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., and Steven Posnack, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Technology, note in a Health IT Buzz blog post.

The investment will center on strategic goals related to FHIR and APIs, they write, which will include three challenge contests focused on helping consumers get access to health data, improving providers' use of electronic health records and  assisting providers when it comes to picking tools that will suite their needs and workflow. Post