Interoperability

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Highlighting a Way to Advance Interoperability and Reduce Costs for Lab Tests

Steven Posnack | November 18, 2016

Last year, Health Level Seven International (HL7) released an implementation guide that provides a standardized way to exchange the catalogs of (thousands) laboratory tests and services that a clinical laboratory can perform. We wanted to highlight the implementation guide’s potential to not only advance interoperability, but also to create cost savings and improve patient care.

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Publishing the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory for Public Comment: The Latest Step Towards Common, Federally Recognized Standards

Steven Posnack | August 22, 2016

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for public comment.  The ISA is a coordinated catalog of standards and implementation specifications that are available for use by the health information technology (health IT) industry to meet interoperability needs.  It is a key element of ONC’s continued implementation of the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and directly supports the Interoperability Commitments that leading health IT developers,

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Making an Impact on Interoperability through Implementation Experience

Tracy Okubo | May 9, 2016

As many Buzz Blog readers know, we have made significant progress in the flow of health information, but we still have work to do to ensure different systems speak the same language and data flows seamlessly and securely. To that end, today we announced two new funding opportunities at the 2016 Health Datapalooza, totaling $1.5 million, to advance common standards: the High Impact Pilots (HIP) and Standards Exploration Awards (SEA). These two cooperative agreement programs are part of the broader path we have laid out in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and our new ONC Tech Lab approach for standards and technology,

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Move Health Data Forward Challenge: Empowering Individuals to Authorize the Flow of their Health Data

Steven Posnack | May 9, 2016

As health IT adoption continues to grow and mobile health technology becomes more accessible, consumers are playing an even greater role in how and when their health information is exchanged or shared.  Unleashing this data is one of our top priorities here at ONC, as outlined in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, which aims to improve individuals’ ability to send, receive, find, and use their health information in the near term. 

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