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ONC Opens Comment Period on Draft 2017 Health IT Interoperability Standards

health infosecThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks public comments on a draft set of standards and implementation specifications meant to help the healthcare sector address interoperability issues between clinical IT systems.

Steven Posnack, director of ONC’s Office of Standards and Technology and Chris Muir, director of the HIT Infrastructure and Innovation Division, wrote in a joint blog entry posted Monday the comment period on the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory draft runs through Oct. 24.

Posnack and Muir said the ISA is part of the agency’s efforts toward implementing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and supports the Interoperability Commitments made by various health IT developers, providers and trade groups to meet federally recognized electronic health data exchange policies and guidelines.

They added ONC launched an effort to transition its interoperability standards to a web-based interactive resource.

“Our goal is to shift the ISA experience from a static, PDF to an interactive, wiki style product that stakeholders can more fully engage with and shape,” Posnack and Muir noted.

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