As part of its Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program to promote innovation, ONC has awarded four organizations a total of $60 million — Mayo Clinic of Medicine, Harvard University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Each institution’s research projects “will identify short-term and long-term solutions to address key challenges, including ensuring the security of health IT (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), enabling patient-centered cognitive support for clinicians (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston), making progress toward new health care application and network-platform architectures (Harvard University), and promoting the secondary use of EHR data while maintaining privacy and security (Mayo Clinic of Medicine),” according to an email message from National Coordinator David Blumenthal, M.D.
The projects will be conducted by multidisciplinary teams “led by recognized public and private sector leaders” in health, including researchers, the technology industry, and healthcare providers. The results of these diverse teams’ work “will be translated into practice” to produce solutions that can be deployed nationwide.
“This is not ivory tower research,” writes Blumenthal, “its goal is to quickly infuse the dynamic health IT sector with new thinking, ideas, and solutions.”