Boston Children’s Hospital, MedStar win interoperability awards

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has made two awards totaling almost $2 million to advance interoperability.

It announced the awards to Boston Children’s Hospital and MedStar Health Research Institute to further research on and the application of information exchange.

“We expect these two awardees to demonstrate where healthcare interoperability can go next,” said Don Rucker, MD, national coordinator for health information technology, in a written statement. “Their efforts should inform a new generation of health IT development.”

Under ONC’s Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity, each organization was selected to address a specific area of interest over a two-year period.

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Donald Rucker, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital will “expand the scope, scale, and utility of population-level APIs including enhancing the use of flat data files and creating a new population health analytics app allowing payers to access permitted data and metrics on covered populations through the use of those files,” according to ONC.

Children's Hospital Corp., doing business as Boston Children’s Hospital, operates pediatric centers in Massachusetts. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country, Boston Children’s Hospital is a nationally ranked healthcare organization and leader in the area of digital health technology that has developed a host of online and mobile apps for both clinicians and patients.

MedStar Health Research Institute provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for clinical research throughout the MedStar Health, a not-for-profit regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. region.

With its award, MedStar will “advance clinical knowledge at the point of care by transforming isolated risk calculators into open standards-based applications that seamlessly and securely run across health IT platforms and provider organizations to optimize clinical workflow, improve care coordination and support patient engagement,” said the agency.

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While these awards have a two-year project and budget period, ONC notes that it may issue future awards to eligible applicants for new priority areas of interest.

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