On Friday, December 9, the National Governors Association (NGA), using an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)-funded agreement, released a Road Map for states to improve interoperability. The Road Map helps states evaluate and implement changes to achieve better health, better care, and lower costs by increasing the flow of clinical health care information between health care providers while protecting patient privacy as a step toward nationwide interoperability.
The Road Map provides state leaders with five steps to identify and address the major barriers to clinical information flow, legal and market-based strategies to address barriers and a high-level assessment of effectiveness of the strategies, state examples of successful strategies, and measures to evaluate progress.
NGA has started assisting several states in executing the Road Map’s recommendations, ONC said. NGA will issue an additional report on these efforts sometime next year.