Stakeholders are Largely Positive on ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap

Stakeholder reaction to 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 has mostly been positive, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 1/30).

Details of Draft Roadmap

The draft report, titled “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0,” outlined 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.”

Specifically, ONC outlined four short-term actions:

  • Establishing a coordinated governance framework and process for nationwide interoperability based on stakeholder consensus;
  • Improving technical standards and implementation guidance for sharing data;
  • Enhancing incentives for achieving interoperability and data sharing goals that are based on a common clinical data set; and
  • Clarifying privacy and security requirements needed to guarantee secure transmission, access and use of sensitive patient data.