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 [PDF - 607 kb] 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.