Interoperability Standards Advisory

Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)

The Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) process represents the model by which the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will coordinate the identification, assessment, and determination of “recognized” interoperability standards and implementation specifications for industry use to fulfill specific clinical health IT interoperability needs.

For detailed background on the ISA, its purpose, and its processes please review the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)

2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory represents feedback that we received from public comments on the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory, ongoing deliberations from the HIT Standards Committee, and public comments on a draft of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

The new online Interoperability Standards Advisory will enable the public to provide comments on an ongoing basis and also allow those maintaining the ISA to provide regular updates as new standards and implementation specifications become available and also when new information about the attributes are known. 

While the ISA is online and will receive regular updates, ONC will also publish a “Reference Edition” each year that will be static so that programs can reference it in regulation, contracts, and in other circumstances when a static reference is required.

Please note that comments and recommendations submitted as part of this process will be made public by ONC.

2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory represents feedback we received from public comment on the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, recommendations from the HIT Standards Committee, and public comments on a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

Per the process first established with the publication of the 2015 Advisory, this document represents the final 2016 Advisory and will now serve as the basis on which public comments were sought to begin the process of developing the 2017 Standards Advisory.

2016 ISA Guide


Content last reviewed on June 6, 2019
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