Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ONC interoperability standards posted for stakeholder comment

PARCA eNews – Sept. 7, 2016 – Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for public comment.  

The ISA is a coordinated catalog of standards and implementation specifications that are available for use by the health information technology (health IT) industry to meet interoperability needs. 
It is a key element of ONC’s continued implementation of the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and directly supports the Interoperability Commitments that leading health IT developers, providers, and professional associations and stakeholder groups made earlier this year to adopt “federally recognized, national interoperability standards, policies, guidance, and practices for electronic health information.”

In short, by providing the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications that can be consistently used to fulfill specific clinical interoperability needs, the hope is to spur more seamless and secure flow of information across the health system.

ONC will be accepting public comments on a draft of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The comment period will end at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Questions or comments on the draft 2017 ISA? Join ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) and Steve Posnack (@HealthIT_Policy) for Twitter chat at 3:00 PM EDT on August 30, 2016 using #ISAchat.

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