ONC seeks comments on draft interoperability standards

The ONC has published the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory, which is now open for public comment. The ISA is the model by which the ONC coordinates identification, assessment and public awareness of interoperability standards and implementation specifications.

The standards remain largely unchanged from 2016, with the biggest difference being related to how the standards are framed in context. For example, the standards are transitioning from a standalone document to a web-based resource, and the new standards also will discontinue labeling certain concepts and standards as "best available" to accommodate for different interoperability needs.

The standards play an integral role in ONC's Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and support the agency's other commitments to interoperability.

"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, we hope to spur more seamless and secure flow of information across the health system," reads an ONC blog post announcing the publication of the draft standards.

To read the draft standards and submit a comment to the ONC, click here.

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