Interoperability

Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

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

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | 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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Portrait of Tracy Okubo, PMP

Making an Impact on Interoperability through Implementation Experience

Tracy Okubo, PMP | 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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Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

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

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology |

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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Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Interoperability Proving Ground: Get In to Be In

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | May 4, 2016

Approximately two months ago, we launched the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG), an open, community platform where you can share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation. Since its launch, the IPG has steadily gained new entries. What started as 30 active projects across dozens of states has grown to over 200.

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Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The ONC Tech Lab: Standards Coordination

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology | March 16, 2016

Our previously published blog post about the ONC Tech Lab explained how it would guide our approach to standards and technology and help lay the operational groundwork within ONC necessary to implement the Interoperability Roadmap, our near-term health IT strategy, and the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. We described that through the ONC Tech Lab we would address four focus areas: 1) standards coordination; 2) testing and utilities; 3) pilots; and 4) innovation.

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