Certified Health IT Surveillance Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement Program


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology (health IT) and the electronic exchange of health information. Created in 2004 through Executive Order and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009, ONC is at the forefront of the federal government?s health IT efforts. The ONC Health IT Certification Program, administered under section 3001(c)(5) of the Public Health Service Act, is a voluntary program that provides for the certification of health IT to standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In October 2015, ONC issued the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria (2015 Edition), 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications Final Rule, 80 FR 62601 (October 16, 2015) (2015 Edition Final Rule), which included expanded the surveillance requirements for ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs). The 2015 Edition Final Rule also established specific performance expectations for the surveillance of certified health IT ?in-the-field.? Additionally, the 21st Century Cures Act (enacted in 2016) specified additional ?conditions of certification,? including one focused on ?real world testing.? This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is aimed at improving the surveillance capacity and infrastructure that exists for health IT certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Through this FOA, awardees are expected improve the surveillance capacity and infrastructure that exists for health IT certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program, with a particular focus on capabilities that are directly related to interoperability.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Pub. L. No. 115-31, Division H, Title II
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to support ONC's mission to improving the surveillance capacity and infrastructure that exists for health IT certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program, with a particular focus on capabilities that are directly related to interoperability.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to advance the market's ability to electronically exchange health information through the use of certified health IT and to ensure that the products function in the production environment in the form and manner they are certified to. While the beneficiaries are ultimately the broader public at-large, the direct beneficiaries include those who work directly with certified health IT products.
In order to be considered for this cooperative agreement, applicants will be required to provide credentials or documentation to demonstrate they have the following qualifications: o Proof of International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17065 Accreditation in good standing through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) o Three years minimum experience with the ONC Health IT Certification Program and certified health IT certified product surveillance o An active mechanism to publicly list ONC health IT certificates and relevant surveillance results
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants are expected to provide a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) application that address all of the requirements as described in the FOA, a proposed timeline, budget proposal on how they intend to use the award money, all credentials and documentation as identified in (083), and a list of key personnel, including a CV.
Award Procedure
The award review process will include award review panels comprised of subject matter experts and at least one federal employee. The awarding agency will inform all applicants in writing the status of their application (awarded, not awarded). Applicant awardees will be provided with the terms and conditions of their award, and will commence working with the awarding agency to implement their pilot. The awarding agency will provide oversight of the awards, including but not limited to quarterly reporting. These awards will be issued as Cooperative Agreements
July 31, 2017
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by a review panel comprised of no less than one (1) federal employee and subject matter experts (non-federal employees). Each proposal will receive a score based on strength and merit of their proposals based on the merit review criteria of Understanding the Requirements, Innovative Business and Technical Approach for Enhanced Surveillance, Operational Experience and Knowledge of Health IT Certification and Surveillance, and Reasonableness of Budget Narrative. A detailed list of merit review criteria in these areas are detailed in the funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Contract, Subcontracts
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Awardees will be required to submit written quarterly programmatic progress reports describing achievements and plans toward meeting specified goals, as well as a final financial and reconciliation report of award expenditures as part of the program close-out. The ONC Project Officer may conduct regular performance monitoring through phone calls and site visits as deemed necessary.
Not applicable.
All cooperative agreement-related records, including cooperative agreement-related accreditations, are required to be maintained for no less than 3-years following the official close-out date of the program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance will be made available for the duration of the award period., and 90 days after for closeout. Assistance will be provided upon achievement of milestones as outlined in the funding announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Carmel Halloun
330 C Street SW
Washington , DC 20201 US
Phone: 2027202919
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16$0.00; Estimate Not Available FY 18 est $0.00; FY 17 est $1,250,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There has been $1,250,000 allocated for FFY17-18 for this award. We estimate that we will award one (1) to three (3) awards total; the award amounts will range between $400,000 - $1,250,000 and may not exceed $1,250,000 in total. The award amount will be determined upon the documentation, scope, and strength the awardee's proposal.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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