ONC Releases Updated Interoperability Standards Advisory

Samara Rosenfeld
JANUARY 15, 2019
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced revisions to the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) that include new interoperability needs and a real-time revision tracker.
 
The RSS feed function allows users to track ISA revisions in real-time. Whenever a revision to the ISA is made, the feed will be updated.
 
The update also addressed seven additional interoperability needs that were brought forward during the public comment period that closed in October of last year.
 
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Among the new needs were representing a relationship between patient and another person, such as a provider, caregiver or family member. There were also several electronic prescribing-related needs, including prescribing using weight-based dosing and allowing a pharmacy to request additional refills.       
 
Operating rules for claims, enrollment and premium payments were also addressed in the update.
 
Updates also included new or revised limitations, dependencies and preconditions for consideration to support understanding of the standards landscape.
 
The new revisions also included some general upkeeping to the structure of the document, like changing the wording of certain section titles.

The ISA coordinates the identification, assessment and public awareness of interoperability standards and implementation specifications that can be used by the healthcare sector to address interoperability needs for clinical, public health and research purposes.
 
“ONC encourages all stakeholders to implement and use the standards and implementation specifications identified in the ISA as applicable to the specific interoperability needs they seek to address,” ONC wrote.
 
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