Several Groups Submit Comments on ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap

Several groups have submitted comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Heath IT’s draft nationwide interoperability roadmap and its goal to achieve basic electronic health data interoperability by 2017, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 4/2). Friday is the deadline to submit comments.

Details of Draft Roadmap

The draft roadmap, titled “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0,” outlines short- and long-term goals for the next 10 years, with 2017 set as the deadline by which “a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum” should be able “to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information.”

EHNAC Comments

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission in a letter to ONC praised the roadmap’s efforts to improve testing and certification of health IT services and products. EHNAC recommended that ONC:

  • Authorize organizations to determine which accreditation/certification they wish to achieve;
  • Expand its focus on accreditation/certification beyond only interoperability; and
  • Work with existing accreditation/certification programs, and begin such work during the process of adopting standards in order to provide tools as soon as possible (FierceHealthIT, 4/2).

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