ONC releases 'snapshot' of new interoperability standards: 4 notes

The ONC has released the 2019 reference edition of its interoperability standards advisory, according to an agency blog post published Jan. 14.

Four notes:

1. The interoperability standards advisory conveys the ONC's latest thinking around standards development to the rest of the healthcare industry. It is updated throughout the year.

2. The 2019 reference edition is a "snapshot" view of the current interoperability standards advisory, which was updated after the 2018 comment period closed in October.

3. New updates to the interoperability standards advisory include added standards and updated characteristics, along with an emphasis on interoperability needs related to electronic prescribing and the importance of data-sharing between patients and different caregivers.

4. The interoperability standards advisory traditionally reflects recommendations from the federal Health IT Advisory Committee. However, ONC officials encouraged healthcare industry stakeholders to reach out to the agency with suggestions for resources or improvements to add.

To access the 2019 interoperability standards advisory reference edition, click here.

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