Closing the Gap Between Standards Development and Implementation

To establish a mechanism for ongoing long-term collaborative engagement with Health Level 7 International (HL7) in order to support advancements in the technical standards necessary to achieve interoperability among health IT systems, and to reach the milestones identified in the Nationwide Interoperability

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Health Level Seven International Inc. $ 3,570,000   2017-09-192022-09-18
Health Level Seven International Inc. $ 675,000   2015-09-112020-09-10
Health Level Seven International Inc. $ 0   2015-09-112017-09-10
Children's Hospital Corporation, The $ 0   2016-06-082017-06-07
Children's Hospital Corporation, The $ 274,965   2016-06-082017-06-07
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds for this cooperative agreement can be used to provide a sub-recipient funds through a contract or subgrant.

Funds under this announcement cannot be used for the following purposes: to supplant or replace current public or private funding; to supplant on-going or usual activities of any organization involved in the project; to purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building; and to reimburse pre-award costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Sole source award to Health Level 7 International.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiaries will include all health care organizations and patients using electronic health records.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application must be entered into

Award Procedures

The Notice of Grant Award (NGA) is signed by the ONC Grants Management Officer. The successful applicants? Authorized Representatives will receive the NGA electronically from ONC. The NGA is considered the official authorizing award document. The NGA will include amount of funds awarded, the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement, the effective date of the award, the budget period for which support will be given, the total project period time frame, and the total approved budget.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Pub. L. No. 113-235, Division G, Title II, and Title XXX, §§ 3001 (c) (2) and 3011 of the Public Health Service Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals will be available if the applicant is able to successfully show progress towards achieving specified goals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The assistance is available during the period of performance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released through the Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports will be developed by ONC staff prior to award of the funds.

Federal Cash Transaction Report.

Reports will be developed by ONC Project Officer prior to award of funds.

Federal Cash Financial Report.

Reports will be developed by the ONC Project Officer prior to award of funds.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 Subparts B through D and F

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Matthew Rahn Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT 330 C Street, SW Suite 726-G, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202-691-2132

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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