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ONC unveils 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
ONC unveils 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on Tuesday released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), an update to the 2016 version and the draft 2017 version released last August.
Unlike the 2016 ISA released in December 2015 as a static document, this year’s ISA is an online platform that enables healthcare stakeholders to be more fully engaged in the process of shaping the ISA on a regular basis.
The ISA online platform will allow for more timely updates and comments as well as links to projects included in the Interoperability Proving Ground that might be using a specific ISA-referenced standard.
These improvements are designed to help ensure that the “ISA continues to keep pace with developments in the health IT industry and grows as a coordinated resource nationwide,” according to the ONC.
The ISA catalogues key information about health IT standards and implementation specifications to help enhance the sharing of key clinical data such as medication lists, immunization records, and test results.
National coordinator Vindell Washington called the ISA “a key step toward achieving the goals we have outlined with our public and private sector partners in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, as well as the  Interoperability Pledge announced earlier this year.”
“We incorporated detailed stakeholder feedback to provide a consolidated, public list of standards and specifications that can be put to use to address clinical, public health, and research needs for sharing electronic health information,” Washington said in statement.
The ONC created the roadmap to coordinate public and private-sector efforts to advance the safe and secure exchange of electronic health information to improve individual, community, and population health.