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ONC shares public comments on draft interoperability roadmap

Physician Practice Insider, June 16, 2015

All 250 or so public comments on the draft form of the nationwide interoperability roadmap proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are now posted online at
The comments on Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap were due April 3, 2015.
The ONC says it values the input from physicians and administrators and will do its best to ensure the next version of the roadmap reflects stakeholders’ visions for health IT to achieve better practices, smarter spending and healthier patients.
The proposed roadmap calls for “critical actions” to be taken by private and public stakeholders to advance the nation toward a more connected, interoperable health IT infrastructure or ecosystem. The initial draft was also based on public and private stakeholder input.
There are near-term and long-term goals based on the following four “critical pathways” of high priority:
  1. Establish a coordinated governance framework and process for nationwide health information interoperability
  2. Improve technical standards and implementation guidance for sharing and using a common clinical data set
  3. Advance incentives for sharing health information according to common technical standards, starting with a common clinical data set
  4. Clarify privacy and security requirements that enable interoperability


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