Health IT Advisory Committee Approves USCDI Task Force Recommendations


On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC), Federal Advisory Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), convened for an in-person meeting. The meeting topics included updates from the ONC Office of the Chief Scientist, a presentation on the ONC Consumer Guide, and a presentation from the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Task Force on their USCDI and Proposed Expansion Process recommendations.

HIMSS is closely following the activities of the Health IT Advisory Committee and its proposed expansion process around the USCDI. As these recommendations move forward, HIMSS will be looking for opportunities to weigh in to ensure that USCDI is directionally appropriate and focused.

Recommendations from the USCDI Task Force were provided by co-chairs Christina Caraballo and Terry O’Malley. The Task Force was charged with reviewing and providing feedback on the USCDI structure and process. These recommendations are meant to be incorporated in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft with the goal of identifying standards for interoperability that would lead to the seamless exchange of patient health data. The TEFCA and USCDI are currently still in draft stages, and the final versions will be open for public comment in the near future per ONC.

Overall, the Task Force made nine recommendations, the first calling for a six stage maturation process for the USCDI through which data classes would be promoted. Other recommendations include exploring USCDI expansion, establishing an annual USCDI publishing cycle, incorporating stakeholder feedback, testing the USCDI process by addressing TEFCA requirements, ensuring the patient voice, supporting process of data harmonization, data class management, and a proposed USCDI governance structure. 

The next meeting of the HITAC will take place via conference call on May 16, 2018. A recording of the April 18, 2018 meeting can be found on the ONC website.