ONC pilots to seek HIE breakthroughs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is offering 10 grants worth a total of $16.3 million for state-designated health information exchanges to develop replicable solutions to five challenging areas of data exchange.

The grants, worth $1 million to $2 million each in the form of supplemental funding to state HIE cooperative agreements, and authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will support development of technology and implementation mechanisms at pilot sites, according to Healthcare IT News. State HIEs that receive the assistance then will be expected to share their developments with other states and communities to promote smoother exchange of health information.

ONC is looking for breakthroughs in the following areas:

  • Achieving health goals via HIE.
  • Improving long-term and post-acute care transitions.
  • Providing patients with access to their own health information.
  • Enabling search and sharing of "granular" patient data, such as lab results for a given time period; and
  • Strategies for population-level data analysis. 

Each application must address only one of the themes, CMIO reports, and only direct recipients of awards from the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program may apply. Applications are due Jan. 5.

For more information:
- read this Healthcare IT News story
- see this article in CMIO
- view another story from Health Data Management
- here's the ONC announcement, as posted on grants.gov