Recommendations adopted last week calling on the government to re-align the EHR meaningful use program to expand interoperability are getting kudos from industry stakeholders.

A task force of HIT Policy and Standards Committee members has been analyzing interoperability recommendations from an independent group of scientists called JASON that advises the federal government. The HIT task force agreed with JASON's assessment that lack of an architecture supporting standardized APIs is a major impediment to achieving interoperability. A JASON report released by Health and Human Services in April 2014 recommended the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT define an overarching software architecture for the exchange of health information based on the use of public APIs and open standards, interfaces, and protocols.

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