Interoperability

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Wanted: Feedback on Ways to Measure the Implementation and Use of Interoperability Standards

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. | April 26, 2017

In our everyday lives standards enable tasks to be completed more efficiently, reduce configuration costs, and add predictability in markets that can help the lower barriers to entry for innovative products. However, experience has shown that just because technology includes “standardized” capabilities they are not necessarily used to their fullest extent nor are they always implemented in a “standardized” manner. From a health information technology (health IT) perspective, this is especially true when other non-standard/non-computable options exist (e.g.,

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Oh, the Places Data Goes: ONC Announces Data Provenance Challenge

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. | April 6, 2017

Health data often travels a long distance before it gets to its final destination. Additionally, data can be represented in a number of different ways. For example, health care providers can use health data at the point of care, researchers can use it for discrete data analysis or as part of a large research data set, and individuals can use it to better manage their care. Data can be converted, mapped, merged, and, let us not forget,

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Using Public-Private Partnerships to Bring Interoperability to Individuals

Aisha Hasan | January 18, 2017

Over the past 8 years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – in collaboration with our federal partners and the private sector – has ushered in an era of widespread health information technology (IT) adoption and use throughout the country. This historic advancement has set the stage for us to transition our focus to the seamless and secure sharing of electronic health information.

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We Need Your Input! The New, Interactive Version of the Interoperability Standards Advisory

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. | January 12, 2017

On January 10, ONC submitted the recently published 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), a catalog of standards and implementation specifications that are or could be used to advance the seamless and secure flow of electronic health information, to the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards Committees for review and discussion.

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

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. | 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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