Before the holidays, on December 20th, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). The ISA catalogues key information about standards and implementation specifications – such as whether they are required by any federal programs or how widely used they are – to help enhance information sharing for key clinical data, including medication lists, immunization records, and test results.
The 2017 ISA, an update to the 2016 version released in December 2015 and the draft 2017 version which was released this past August, will help stakeholders achieve these goals and reflects the ongoing dialogue, debate, and consensus among industry stakeholders.
This year, ONC transitioned the ISA from a static document to an online platform so stakeholders can more fully engage with and shape the ISA on an ongoing basis. This platform allows for more efficient, close to real-time updates and comments as well as links to projects included in the Interoperability Proving Ground that might be using a particular ISA-referenced standard. These improvements will help ensure that the ISA continues to keep pace with developments in the health IT industry and grows as a coordinated resource nationwide.