In a March 21st letter to Dr. Karen DeSalvo the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), HIMSS submitted its comments in response to the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.
In leveraging our members’ expertise HIMSS offer there themes in the comment cover letter. HIMSS appreciates that ONC has included Value Sets in Section I in the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) to advance the achievement of nationwide interoperability. HIMSS applauds ONC on the six new informative characteristics that have been included for best available standards, implementation specifications and the addition of a section for security patterns. HIMSS commends ONC for separating out some of the Interoperability Needs where LOINC represents the question vs. where SNOMED-CT represents the answer, where applicable.