HHS Issues Awards for Health IT Interoperability Projects

Jeff Brody

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded two grants tfor projects intending to boost the interoperability of health information technology systems. HHS said Tuesday that it released the awards under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology or LEAP in Health IT program.

Awardees will work to address challenges related to the standardization and development of health IT. The awards’ corresponding solicitation called for projects to revolve around two topics.

The first topic is the implementation of the Health Level 7 international standard’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources. The second topic focuses on the development of patient engagement technologies.

San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange, the first awardee, will work to develop software and study policy with regard to community testing, production deployment, pilots, tutorials, population health and consent management.

University of Texas at Austin, the second awardee, will build a patient engagement platform that would support an environment of health care mobile applications.

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