Policy for Science

HHS Webinar: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Cures Act Final Rule, Q&A on Health IT for Pediatric Care and Settings

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), will hold a public Q&A webinar to discuss Health IT for pediatric care and settings provisions provisions within their recently released Cures Act Final Rule. The final rule will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices.

The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patient access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system.

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this event registration website.

HHS Webinar: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Cures Act Final Rule, Q&A on Compliance Timeline

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), will hold a public Q&A webinar to discuss the compliance timeline of their recently released Cures Act Final Rule. The final rule will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices.

The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patient access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system.

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this event registration website.

HHS Webinar: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Cures Act Final Rule, Q&A on Application Programming Interfaces

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), will hold a public Q&A webinar to discuss application programming interfaces provisions within their recently released Cures Act Final Rule. The final rule will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices.

The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patient access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system.

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this event registration website.

HHS Webinar: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Cures Act Final Rule, Q&A on 2015 Edition Certification Criteria and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), will hold a public Q&A webinar to discuss 2015 Edition Certification Criteria and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification provisions within their recently released Cures Act Final Rule. The final rule will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices.

The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patient access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system.

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this event registration website.

EPA Comment Deadline: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments to clarifications, modifications, and additions to its proposed rule titled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," originally published on April 30, 2018 (83 FR 18768). This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) proposes that the scope of the rulemaking apply to influential scientific information as well as significant regulatory decisions. This notice proposes definitions and clarifies that the proposed rulemaking applies to data and models underlying both pivotal science and pivotal regulatory science. In this SNPRM, EPA is also proposing a modified approach to the public availability provisions for data and models that would underlay significant regulatory decisions and an alternate approach. Finally, EPA is taking comment on whether to use its housekeeping authority independently or in conjunction with appropriate environmental statutory provisions as authority for taking this action.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov, or by mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

HHS Webinar: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Cures Act Final Rule, Q&A on Information Blocking

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), will hold a public Q&A webinar to discuss information blocking provisions within their recently released Cures Act Final Rule. The final rule will help give patients safe, secure access to their health data, spur innovation, and address industry-wide information blocking practices.

The final rule implements interoperability provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and promotes patient access to their health record. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control in health care, and patient control is at the center of our work toward a value-based health care system.

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this event registration website.

OSTP Comment Deadline: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seeks information from all interested individuals and organizations regarding recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research. OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science (SOS), are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research  and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report. OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the US Government.

On March 2, 2020, OSTP announced that they were extending the comment deadline from March 16, 2020, to April 6, 2020.

OSTP is interested in perspectives on the following topics:

  • What current limitations exist to the effective communication of research outputs (publications, data, and code) and how might communications evolve to accelerate public access while advancing the quality of scientific research? What are the barriers to and opportunities for change?
  • What more can Federal agencies do to make tax-payer funded research results, including peer-reviewed author manuscripts, data, and code funded by the Federal Government, freely and publicly accessible in a way that minimizes delay, maximizes access, and enhances usability? How can the Federal Government engage with other sectors to achieve these goals?
  • How would American science leadership and American competitiveness benefit from immediate access to these resources? What are potential challenges and effective approaches for overcoming them? Analyses that weigh the trade-offs of different approaches and models, especially those that provide data, will be particularly helpful.
  • Any additional information that might be considered for Federal policies related to public access to peer-reviewed author manuscripts, data, and code resulting from federally supported research.

Members of the public may submit comments by email. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.