HIMSS Submits Comments on ONC 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory

In a May 1st letter to Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), HIMSS submitted its final comments in response to ONC’s 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

HIMSS welcomes the opportunity to leverage its members’ expertise in commenting on the Standards Advisory, and looks forward to continuing its dialogue with ONC on identifying, assessing, and determining the best available interoperability standards and implementation specifications.   The 2015 Advisory’s scope focuse s on clinical health information technology interoperability.

HIMSS offered its support for the tenets of the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.  The key takeaways in the comment letter focused on these ideas:

  • HIMSS applauded ONC for its endorsements of the best available and emerging standards listed in the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory to push forward the achievement of nationwide interoperability.
  • HIMSS supported the development of the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory and the process outlined in the Interoperability Roadmap for publishing an annual update of the best available standards and implementation specifications.
  • HIMSS encouraged a cohesive set of best available standards that can lead to data aggregation for discerning best practices in clinical care which will ultimately lead to improved care and outcomes.
  • HIMSS recommended other characteristics that should be considered for best available standards and implementation specifications.
  • HIMSS noted the absence of security standards in the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory and recommended a series of options for ONC to incorporate into the final document.

HIMSS reiterated 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.  HIMSS intends to use its experiences as conveners and thought leaders to bring the broader community together to identify, execute on, and achieve the principles of the Interoperability Roadmap as well as the Interoperability Standards Advisory. 

HIMSS’ final comments are available online.