DARTNet Recieves ONC Leading Edge Acceleration Project Award

DARTNet Recieves ONC Leading Edge Acceleration Project Award

Denver, Colorado, United States - 10/26/2021 — From: DARTNet Institute and Cloud Privacy Labs


ONC funds project to achieve semantic interoperability between diverse health systems using the Layered Schemas Architecture


Researchers are continually challenged when they try to assemble large amounts of health data from various organizations. Healthcare information – such as the type that resides in electronic medical records or wearable devices – is recorded mostly for individual use by a single provider, organization, or healthcare sector. Pooling that information from multiple organizations is difficult because there’s no standard meaning or arrangements across different information systems. 


The DARTNet Institute and their technology partner Cloud Privacy Labs were recently selected to attack this challenge. They received the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) highly competitive 2021 Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology (LEAP) Award for accelerating the use of electronic health data for research and artificial intelligence applications. 


The Semantic Interoperability for Electronic Health Data Using the Layered Schemas Architecture project focuses on the process of semantic harmonization, which involves collating data from different formats and institutions into a singular consistent logical view without losing the local context and nuance of data elements. DARTNet and Cloud Privacy Labs will build and evaluate a data processing framework that enables the standardization and harmonization of EHR data collected from healthcare organizations that use different EHR systems and coding conventions. They will build the framework using the Layered Schemas Architecture (LSA) - an open-source technology developed by Cloud Privacy Labs.The ultimate goal of this project is to build a person-centric system that generates high quality health data sets to be used in clinical care, artificial intelligence training, and research. 


About DARTNet:

The DARTNet Institute is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation headquartered in Denver, CO. DARTNet was created to support collaboration between networks of clinicians, health systems, academic health centers, researchers, and patients looking to improve the use of existing electronic health data across the health care and health services research areas. DARTNet helps these stakeholders use existing electronic data and collects patient or staff reported data for research, quality improvement, clinical care and safety. DARTNet currently collaborates with over 5,500 clinical organizations across the country across our portfolio of activities, including over 5,000 that contribute EHR data for a Practice Performance Registry through vendor agreements, EHR data self-pull, or DARTNet-operated data extraction systems. DARTNet has recent EHR data sets that cover over 30 million people. Dr. Wilson Pace, Chief Medical and Technology Officer for DARTNet notes, “We have standardized data from dozens of systems and thousands of locations over the past decade and each one requires significant hands-on review, adjustments and fine tuning to achieve reasonable data quality. If the Layered Schema Architecture approach is successful that kind of work can be captured and re-used by others expeditiously and with greater accuracy with multiple final data models.”


About Cloud Privacy Labs: 

Cloud Privacy Labs, LLC is a technology company based in Colorado founded with the idea that human centric data management needs to be integrated into all business processes to ensure respectful use of personal data and to empower individuals. Cloud Privacy Labs develops both commercial privacy products as well as open-source platforms that can be used in health information technology settings. Their flagship product, ConsentGrid, is a commercial consent management and privacy-conscious data exchange platform geared towards health information exchange organizations. Layered Schemas is an open framework for semantic interoperability with both open-source and commercially supported components. Dr Berrin Serdar, Co-founder of Cloud Privacy Labs indicates, “Currently there are many challenges that prevent efficient use and sharing of health care data. Layered Schemas Architecture is a unique tool that will help overcome these challenges and enable true semantic interoperability among multiple systems.”



The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology is a branch of the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ONC is tasked with improving standards for and the use of electronic health information to improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care in the US. The ONC sponsors two LEAP grants per year with a different focus for each grant. The grants support novel approaches to dealing with an ONC-identified problem. The base grant funds two years of research efforts with up to three supplemental years of funding if deemed warranted by the ONC. 


This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90AX0034, Semantic Interoperability for Electronic Health Data Using the Layered Schemas Architecture, total award $999,990 with 100% financed with federal dollars and 0% financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, not should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS, of the U.S. Government.

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