ONC Releases Final Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released its final Interoperability Roadmap laying out near-term, mid-term, and long-term goals to advance the safe and secure exchange of electronic health information nationwide.

Through the use of interoperable health IT, the roadmap seeks to enable the healthcare industry’s transition from the current fee-for-service model to a value-based model, according to National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D.

“If we’re going to change that business and care model, we’re going to need an information model for it,” DeSalvo said during a press conference. “In order to be able to understand the quality of care delivered for an individual and for populations, we need to have that data available.”

Consequently, the Interoperability Roadmap is a direct part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ delivery system reform initiative, she added. The final document is the result of months of stakeholder feedback received by ONC in response to a draft Interoperability Roadmap released in January.