HHS Seeks Partners to Aid the Dev’t of Health Information Sharing Standards

HHS Health and Human ServicesThe Department of Health and Human Services has allotted $1.5 million worth of funding to support proposals that work to aid private industry and federal government efforts to promote the sharing of health information.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks up to seven proposals for the High Impact Pilot and up to five Standards Exploration Award cooperative agreement programs that will help in the development of technology and standards for information sharing among healthcare stakeholders, HHS said Monday.

Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health IT, said the programs will look to update the use of common and interoperable standards for sharing data such as medications and lab results.

Potential contractors will work to meet requirements listed in ONC’s Interoperability Standards advisory and generate evidence to support its projects’ readiness for widespread use, said HHS.

The agency added that High Impact Pilot projects will receive funding up to $500,000 each and the Standards Exploration Award projects will receive up to $100,000 each in funding.

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