ONC Joins the MIT KIT Consortium

January 14, 2015

US Government Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Joins the MIT KIT Consortium.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has joined the MIT Kerberos & Internet Trust (KIT) Consortium, based at the MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA.  As the ONC representative, Ms. Debbie Bucci will join the Board of Directors of the MIT KIT Consortium.

ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and utilize the most advanced health information technology for the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC is leading the Administration's Health IT efforts and a key proponent in adopting new health IT standards for the national health system. It is also a key contributor and driver in the promotion of nationwide health information exchanges.

One key strategic initiative is for the ONC and KIT Consortium to jointly charter a new Health Relationship Trust (HEART) Working Group within the OIF, which would define the new patient-centric protocols and standards that builds upon the OpenID-Connect (OIDC) standard and User Managed Access (UMA) standard.

MIT being the home of the MITREid-Connect open source implementation of OIDC, this new working group initiative ensures the sustainable development of the MITREid-Connect open source implementation, with close attention given to the profiles needed for the Healthcare vertical. Ms. Bucci, an IT Architect in the Implementation and Testing Division, is chairing the new working group and leading a profiling and interoperability testing effort at ONC.

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