As with the technology that people use everyday – telephone, email, Internet, mobile technology – health information exchange is not a “one-size-fits-all” concept. ONC recognizes that different providers will have different uses for health information exchange. The standards and specifications supporting those needs are being developed and harmonized within ONC’s Office of Science & Technology (OST) into a portfolio of solutions.
ONC is responsible for curating this set of standards and specifications that support interoperability and ensuring that they can be assembled into solutions for a variety of health information exchange scenarios. Support to on-the-ground implementers in assembling standards and policy building blocks to solve providers’ most pressing information exchange needs is a key component to ensuring success. As early implementations produce results, disseminating and spreading the information exchange solutions will ensure that a wide array of implementation guidance is available to providers looking to engage in health information exchange.
Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10 Year Vision to Achieve An Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability. The concept paper is an invitation to all health IT stakeholders to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow the nation to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower and better health for all.