ONC Seeking Public Input on Measuring Interoperability Progress | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

ONC Seeking Public Input on Measuring Interoperability Progress

April 8, 2016
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is asking for feedback from the healthcare community about specific metrics and data that can be used to measure the progress of interoperability.

In a blog post Thursday, Seth Pazinski, director of ONC’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Analysis and Talisha Searcy, director of research and evaluation at OPEA, announced that ONC has issued a request for information for public input on how to measure interoperability.

“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) “declares it a national objective to achieve the widespread exchange of health information through the use of interoperable certified electronic health records and directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish metrics in consultation with you—the health IT community—to see if that objective has been met,” Pazinski and Searcy wrote.

 “We are issuing a request for information for your thoughts for how to measure interoperability and ensure HHS is keeping pace with the objectives we laid out in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and the Federal Health IT Strategic plan to measure the broad health information ecosystem, including individuals and non-health settings,” Pazinski and Searcy wrote.

Specifically, ONC is asking for input on three topics:

  • What populations and elements of information flow should we measure?
  • How can we use current data sources and associated metrics to address the MACRA requirements?
  • What other data sources and metrics should HHS consider to measure interoperability more broadly?

Public comments are due by June 3, 2016.

“Ensuring health data flows seamlessly and securely to create a learning, person-centered health system is a common theme of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, a collaboration with over 35 federal partners and the public that focuses federal offices that use or influence the use of health information technology on person-centered care, advancement of science, and overall health,” Pazinski and Searcy wrote in the blog post. “Similarly, the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap was an effort by ONC in collaboration with the private sector, states, and federal partners to identify near-term actions to advance an interoperable health system. Combined with other recent announcements, including the pledges made by private sector market leaders to make electronic health information flow better and the challenges issued to spur innovation of market-ready, user-friendly apps for consumers and providers, these efforts all help to support the flow of health information when and where it is needed for patient care.”

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Survey: Infrastructure, Interoperability Key Barriers to Global HIT Development

A new survey report from Black Book Research on global healthcare IT adoption and records systems connectivity finds nations in various phases of regional electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The survey results also reveal rapidly advancing opportunities for U.S.-based and local technology vendors.

Penn Medicine Opens Up Telehealth Hub

Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has opened its Center for Connected Care to centralize the health system’s telemedicine activities.

Roche to Pay $1.9B for Flatiron Health

Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Roche has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to buy New York-based Flatiron Health Inc., which has both an oncology EHR and data analytics platform.

Financial Exec Survey: Interoperability Key Obstacle to Value-Based Payment Models

Momentum continues to grow for value-based care as nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives report their organizations have achieved positive financial results from value-based payment programs, to date, according to a new study from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Cerner, Children's National to Help UAE Pediatric Center with Health IT

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the United Arab Emirates, has entered into an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System to form a health IT strategic partnership.

Telemedicine Association Names New CEO

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has named Ann Mond Johnson its new CEO, replacing Jon Linkous who stepped down suddenly last August after 24 years as the organization’s CEO.