Encouraging Interoperability, Improving Care

by Jeff Strand, MITA Architect, Conduent

Imagine a leaner, more streamlined Medicaid system that delivers improved patient outcomes and higher quality care to members – all because it’s easier and more efficient for hospitals and healthcare facilities to communicate with each other, as well as share test results and medical records.

This is one of the goals set by the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), released recently by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

The new advisory is the subject of the latest issue of Standards Perspectives, the monthly newsletter by the National Standards Consulting (NSC) team at Conduent.

The article discusses how the standards support codesets and clinical-data sharing among hospitals and providers. Some of these standards directly affect Medicaid.

ONC plans to use the ISA standards to coordinate the identification, assessment and public awareness of interoperability standards and implementation specifications that can be used by the healthcare industry. According to ONC, the specifications should make it easier for health organizations to share clinical data and would also promote interoperability.

Finally, recommendations have been made by the ISA Task Force – a panel of experts who perform a peer review of the ONC ISA – to help ensure a smooth implementation of the advisory.

The task force expects the interoperability standards to eventually evolve to a more dynamic experience for users in areas such as clinical decision support capabilities in Electronic Health Records (EHRs); improvement to the electronic “initial case reporting” capabilities from EHRs to public health agencies; and a more consistent format to distinguish vocabulary standards for observations.

The full article on the new ONC interoperability standards advisory is now available for viewing.

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