The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded Accenture (Reston, Va.) a two-year contract to help identify the standards and specifications that facilitate the exchange of data across the evolving healthcare system.
Under the contract, Accenture will work with ONC to develop and manage business scenarios called “use cases” that ONC will use to help determine the standards and IT systems necessary for peak operation. In cooperation with ONC and other healthcare stakeholders, Accenture will help identify real-world needs, prioritize them through a governance process, and create explicit documentation of the use cases, and provide information for development of computer system requirements and technical specifications that enable interoperability – the seamless exchange of information among diverse providers and systems.
The use cases will focus on patient-related information, such as ensuring that care providers’ certified electronic medical records systems can handle patient requests for clinical summaries. Accenture also will create a comprehensive, sustainable process for ONC’s standards and interoperability framework, as well as use-cases as part of the framework.