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Project US @ Technical Specification Final Version 1.0 Now Available

The Office of the National Health Information Technology (ONC) Coordinator of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with standards development organizations (SDOs) and parties health information technology stakeholders, today released the Project US @ (“Project USA”) Technical Specification Final Version 1.0. This new specification is a unified, cross-standard healthcare specification that could be used in industry to represent patient addresses (mailing, physical, billing, etc.) to improve patient matching.

Patient matching and in particular the way in which patient addresses are represented has long been viewed as a critical part of nationwide interoperability and the country’s healthcare IT infrastructure. The availability of a unified cross-SDO specification is a testament to the broad industry commitment behind this effort. Now that a specification exists, the ONC encourages state and federal agencies, public health organizations, payers, health IT developers, research organizations, health care providers and all other interested stakeholders to consider adopting and implementing the final specification.

“A standardized patient address may seem like a small thing, but that is precisely why this work was important. Improving the accuracy and consistency of addresses will have a big impact if implemented at scale, ”said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “I am grateful to the SDOs, federal partners and health information technology stakeholders who have all joined us in rapidly developing this new specification. “

Also available today is the Project US @ Companion Guide developed by and in collaboration with the American Health Information Management Association. This resource provides operational best practices related to the accurate and timely entry and management of patient addresses developed in Final Version 1.0 of the US @ Project Technical Specifications.

A draft technical specification version 1.0 was released for comment in June 2021 and SDO’s comments were collected during a 30-day comment period in July 2021. Almost 130 comments were received from stakeholders and the government. public, informing the final version 1.0 released today. This complements the ONC’s goal of completing the US @ project by early 2022.

You can find more information about Project US @ on the Project US @ page.