Time Running Out for Interoperability Comments

 Improving Nurse-Physician CommunicationMarch 20, 2015 by Vickie Anenberg

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released its proposed 10-year “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation. A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap,” on January 30, 2015, for public comment. The period for filing comments ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on April 3. Therefore, time is short for your facility to submit its input, which will set regulatory standards for the next decade.

According to the ONC, “This Roadmap reflects nearly a year of collaborative effort with extensive input from the public and private sectors and is a call to action to see that we can unlock digital health information and see that it can be appropriately used when and where it matters most, to who matters most – the people of this nation.”  

When the proposed Roadmap was published, ONC also released the proposed “2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory” at the same time. As stated by the ONC, “The Standards Advisory is meant to serve two purposes: to provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications that best enable specific clinical health information interoperability purposes; and, to prompt dialogue and reach consensus among industry stakeholders when more than one standard or implementation specification could be listed as the best available.

Although the final Standards Advisory will not have non-regulatory, it will be updated annually to give healthcare providers an opportunity to state their needs, and give vendors a comprehensive sense of the technology and services they need to offer. The deadline to comment on this document is 5:00 p.m. ET, May 1, 2015.

ONC has posted a detailed explanation of both the Roadmap and the Standards Advisory here. You can download copies of each by visiting In addition, HealthLeaders Media has posted an excellent article on this subject that includes an interview with Steve Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, in the Office of the National Coordinator.

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