IRIS Client Project Overviews – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


HHS, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Office of Standards & techology (OST), Support for Patient Matching Aggregation & Linking (PMAL) Project under Patient Centered Outcome Research (PCOR):

IRIS provides professional services supporting the PMAL project as part of PCOR. IRIS provides coordination of the PCOR Patient Matching, Linking and Aggregation work with ONC/OST, external agencies and other stakeholders.

IRIS manages and/or monitors progress on multiple PMAL projects and produces weekly and quarterly reports for PCOR and HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Projects currently managed and/or monitored by IRIS:

  • The Blockchain Challenge and Workshop – Public challenge soliciting white papers that investigate Blockchain technology and its applicability in healthcare.
  • The Blockchain Challenge and Workshop–Public challenge soliciting white papers that investigate Blockchain technology and its applicability in healthcare.
  • The Move Health Data Forward Challenge – Public challenge to create application programming interface (API) solutions.
  • The Data Maturity Model ProjectPilot site to test a quality development intervention aimed at improving the patient registration process.
  • Gold Standard Algorithm Testing Project – A “sandbox” environment for the evaluation of matching algorithms; anticipated result is a standard set of recommended tools and performance metrics.
  • Privacy & Security APICreate a Privacy and Security API to establish interoperable, consistent, and standardized electronic methods for seamless, secure data linking and aggregation.
  • PopHealth – Three projects to develop and harden standards needed by the PCOR community.
  • TBA: Two additional Public Challenges and a Code-a-thon are under development.

HHS, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Federal Health Architecture (FHA), Software Development Support for the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), National Library of Medicine:

VSAC provides downloadable access to official versions of value sets and authored vocabulary standards such as SNOMED CT, LOINC, and RxNorm. FHA is supporting the expansion of VSAC’s capacity to accommodate the value sets in C-CDA and FHIR, allowing federal agencies using these standards to interoperate with greater precision and consistency.

IRIS is tasked by FHA with developing software to support the value set operations as defined by FHIR; adding to and adjusting the VSAC API to accommodate the FHIR data model and attributes; making enhancements to existing NLM Terminology services to accommodate FHIR needs; Providing HIT Subject Matter Expertise, and providing input on specification development and engaging the development community with meetings and supporting code-a-thons.


HHS, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Federal Health Architecture (FHA): 

Since 2006, IRIS has continuously supported and managed many facets of the FHA program, leading overall program management and enterprise architecture development, managing the development of the CONNECT Open Source Software;  managing the federal Work Groups, the federal partner interoperability consortium, OMB reporting, the annual HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, Code-a-thons and CONNECT-a-thons, outreach and education efforts.


HHS, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN):

Over a three year period, IRIS supported a multi-functional PMO team working on the early stages of NwHIN. IRIS supported project management, the development of use cases and business cases for prototyping the NwHIN system, and communications and outreach via web portals and events.


HHS, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care Management Information System (BHCMIS):

Since 2010, IRIS has supported the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care providing program management, business process redesign and third tier Help Desk support. Services have also included: Change Control Board (CCB), systems documentation and general administrative support.


HHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Clinical Standards & Quality, Beneficiary Protection Case Review Redesign:

IRIS supported CMS for 12 months, developing and implementing a collaborative framework to guide creation of a national ‘quality of care concern’ process. IRIS was engaged in the redesign of the process, serving as program expert working on the establishment of performance metrics linking quality of care processes to health outcomes and the identification of healthcare disparities.