ONC releases 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued its latest listing of standards and implementation specifications.

ONC’s 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition is intended to enhance the flow of electronic healthcare information. It represents the agency’s current assessment of the HIT standards landscape and reflects the many changes made to the document throughout last year.

According to the agency, it received 74 comments on the ISA in 2018, which resulted in almost 400 individual recommendations for revisions.

“If you’re new to the ISA, you will find it contains a variety of standards and implementation specifications curated by developers, standards gurus and other stakeholders to meet interoperability needs,” writes Steve Posnack, executive director of ONC’s office of technology, along with Chris Muir and Brett Andriesen, in a blog.

“The ISA should be considered as an open and transparent resource for industry, and reflects the latest thinking around standards development with an eye toward nationwide interoperability,” they add.

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Although it is a dynamic document updated throughout the year, ONC officials describe the 2019 Reference Edition as a “snapshot” PDF view of the current ISA.

“You need to remember that this 2019 Reference Edition is available if you want a static version of the ISA that won’t change,” write Posnack, Muir and Andriesen. “The ISA traditionally has reflected recommendations from the Health IT Advisory Committee and its predecessors, the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee, and includes an educational section that helps decode key interoperability terminology. If you have additional suggestions for other resources to include in this area, just let us know.”

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