ONC Reduces Optionality to Support Interoperable Health Information Exchange

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has summarized various standards and interoperability initiatives designed to reduce optionality in health IT, according to a Health IT Buzz report.

The Standards & Interoperability Framework is working to reduce optionality because it can better support interoperable health information exchanges and can reduce vendors' costs. 

Some of the initiatives that have reduced HIE optionality include the following:

1. The Transitions of Care initiative has clarified the implementation specification of the consolidated clinical document architecture HL7 standard.
2. The Lab Results Interface initiative has created a single lab result specification.
3. The Modular Specifications project has developed two ways to transport information.
4. The Health IT Standards Committee recommended a single standard for public health reporting.
5. The Clinical Quality Measures Workgroup and Vocabulary Task Force recommended a single vocabulary for each of the administrative, clinical, laboratory and medications domains.

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