Boston Children's, MedStar Health win ONC funding for API research

HHS' ONC revealed the names of two hospitals that will receive grants under its Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health IT funding opportunity.

The ONC released information about a funding opportunity addressing barriers to interoperable health IT in June, with a focus on supporting projects that leverage the potential of application programming interfaces. At the time, the agency said it anticipated issuing two awards of up to $1 million each.

Here are the two awardees, who will receive a nearly $2 million in funding combined during the next two years:

1. Boston Children's Hospital will work on projects to expand the scope, scale and utility of population-level APIs, such as enhancing the use of flat data files and creating a new population health analytics app to allow payers to access permitted data and metrics on covered populations.

2. MedStar Health Research Institute in Hyattsville, Md., will work on projects to advance clinical knowledge at the point of care by transitioning isolated risk calculators for clinical workflow, care coordination and patient engagement into open standards-based applications.

"We expect these two awardees to demonstrate where healthcare interoperability can go next," ONC chief Don Rucker, MD, said in a news release. "Their efforts should inform a new generation of health IT development."

The ONC has a three-year open application period for the LEAP in Health IT funding opportunity, during which the agency may issue additional awards.

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