Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ONC seeks comments and feedback on 2018 ISA

PARCA eNews – Sept. 20, 2017 – National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is looking for comments on any last revisions, additions, or recommendations that health IT professionals may have for the Interoperability Standards Advisory’s (ISA) online edition before it locks-in all of the (ISA) 2017 improvements to make the 2018 Reference Edition.

ISA is a catalog of the standards and implementation specifications that can be used to meet interoperability needs in healthcare. The ISA will play a role in ONC’s efforts to implement the 21st Century Cures Act and guide industry on the interoperability standards that are a best fit for a particular use in health information technology (health IT).

The ONC moved the ISA from a hard-copy document to an interactive online platform last year in order to provide users with ongoing updates as they occur throughout the year.

Before the 2018 Reference Edition is published, ONC wants to hear from industry to ensure that it reflects the latest, most accurate information.

New components to the ISA include:

  • Consumer-based interoperability needs as recommended by the Health IT Standards Committee, the former Federal Advisory Committee, being replaced by the Health IT Advisory Committee
  • A new section that includes administrative standards and implementation specifications that were developed in coordination with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); 
  • Educational and informational resources to allow for better understanding of health IT interoperability concepts; 
  • New questions and answers submitted for stakeholder feedback; and more. 
ONC will be accepting public comments for the Interoperability Standards Advisory until 5 p.m. ET November 20, 2017. Please comment directly in the ISA and the specific “interoperability need” categories you are review or, if you prefer, feel free to submit a consolidated comment letter.

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