Earlier this week, HIMSS submitted its final comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in response to its interoperability vision paper, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.
Overall, HIMSS supports ONC's vision and the creation of the five building blocks for an interoperable health IT infrastructure. HIMSS stands ready to work with ONC, federal partners, and all stakeholders to realize an achievable vision for interoperability and health information exchange.
HIMSS notes there continues to be widespread, cross-sector support for efforts to move toward an interoperable system that rewards efficiency and quality outcomes by enabling providers and patients to access the right information at the right time. In addition, HIMSS states its commitment to supporting and educating all stakeholders to achieve interoperability leading to information exchange that improves the quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare delivery.