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ONC LEAP Projects to Study APIs, Data-Driven Medicine Infrastructure

July 3, 2018
by David Raths
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LEAP projects to address barriers to interoperability, reduce clinician burden of EHRs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced funding opportunities for two Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) to address key challenges that inhibit the interoperability of health IT.

This funding opportunity is looking for innovative solutions and breakthrough advances in the following areas of interest:

Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of population-level data-focused application programming interfaces (APIs). Most importantly, ONC would like grantees to focus on reducing provider burdens associated with reporting through this technology and investigating and assessing trade-offs associated with various big-data formats; It also wants grantees to explore the challenges to the scope and scale of FHIR-based APIs for these purposes.

Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care. This project should explore emerging innovations in clinical medicine; data-driven medicine infrastructure; integrating knowledge at point of care; and the legal and policy implications for innovative approaches.

ONC said it anticipates issuing one award per area of interest, up to $1 million per recipient. These awards will have a 2-year project and budget period at initial award. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their responses based on a 5-year project and budget period.  Additional funding for years three to five may be provided, depending on availability of funds and meaningful progress. 

For more information, email: ONC-LEAP@hhs.gov




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