Author Archives: Amy Sheide

Our response to the 2016 ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently published the draft version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (2016 Advisory). The 2016 Advisory is the ONC’s “identification, assessment and determination of the ‘best available’ interoperability standards and implementation specification for health IT.”¹ This article asks and answers, the following questions:

  • What are the most important clinical interoperability needs?
  • What are the best available vocabulary, structural and service standards that support clinical interoperability needs?

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Our Response to the ONC 2015 Standards Advisory

Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory which was “meant to provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications that can best be used to achieve a specific clinical health information interoperability purpose.”¹ The ONC solicited comments on the advisory “to prompt dialogue, debate, and consensus among industry stakeholders.”¹ As is evident by the recent discussion in our blogs around the importance of interoperability, the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary Team at 3M HIS drafted a response to the 2015 Advisory that we provided to the ONC this week. Our response has a few underlying themes: Continue reading

Interoperability Matters: The ONC Interoperability Roadmap and Standards Advisory

Healthcare reform has been a hot topic over the past few days and health information technology (HIT) is at the hub. Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap¹, setting the goal to exchange and use “a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.” Also, President Obama highlighted the Precision Medicine initiative² which included funding for ONC to support the development of interoperability standards, and CMS announced that Medicare payments are moving towards a model based on value and care coordination rather than volume and care duplication (and it is well known that lack of interoperability underlies the latter)³. Continue reading