Health IT groups praise interoperability roadmap

Last-minute comments are rolling in from healthcare IT advocates on the Office of the National Coordinator’s Interoperability Roadmap; the deadline to submit is tomorrow.

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) both recently wrote to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo with praise for the document, as well as recommendations for what can be changed, expanded and clarified.

The goal of the roadmap, which was unveiled in late January, is to provide steps to be taken in both the private and public sectors to create an interoperable health IT ecosystem over the next 10 years, according to ONC.

One of the main focuses on the roadmap, which spans more than 140 pages, is to enable “a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”

EHNAC supports the roadmap’s building block surrounding certification and testing of health IT products and services. However, it asks ONC to go further with certification and accreditation beyond just interoperability.

EHNAC also suggests:

  • ONC should work closely with other existing certification/accreditation programs
  • Work with those programs should start during the standards adoption process to have tools available as early on as possible
  • Allowing entities to pick which certification/accreditation they want to achieve

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