The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announces four awards totaling more than $2.7 million under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology (LEAP in Health IT) funding opportunity.
The LEAP in Health IT awardees will address fast-emerging challenges in interoperable health information technology (health IT), thus advancing opportunities for the adoption and use of health IT standards across the health care ecosystem.
The four new LEAP in Health IT awardees will address development and testing for data sharing functionalities to support clinical care, research, and improved outcomes. The 2020 special emphasis notice for LEAP in Health IT solicited applications focused on three areas of interest: (1) advancing registry infrastructure for a modern application programming interface-based health IT ecosystem; (2) cutting edge health IT tools for scaling health research; and (3) integrating healthcare and human services data to support improved outcomes.
“The LEAP program was created to bring future-focused outcomes closer to the present. This third cohort will inform the implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and innovative techniques to create breakthroughs in how we approach health care and research,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health IT.
The 2020 awardees are: