From 3M Health Information Systems
Our Response to the ONC 2015 Standards Advisory
Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory which was “meant to provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications that can best be used to achieve a specific clinical health information interoperability purpose.”¹ The ONC solicited comments on the advisory “to prompt dialogue, debate, and consensus among industry stakeholders.”¹ As is evident by the recent discussion in our blogs around the importance of interoperability, the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary Team at 3M HIS drafted a response to the 2015 Advisory that we provided to the ONC this week. Our response has a few underlying themes:
- Focus on health rather than health care
- Standardize “information” rather than simply specifying “terminology codes”
- Harmonize regulations across governing bodies and
- Provide sufficient detail and implementation specifications without prohibiting innovation
The full response to the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory can be reviewed here.
Amy Sheide is a clinical analyst at 3M Health Information Systems and is a member of the Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD) team.