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ONC Outlines Path to EHR Interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) outlined key actions required to attain its vision of widespread electronic health record (EHR) interoperability. In the final version of the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap published Tuesday, ONC presents an action plan that will move the health care system toward the free exchange of health information to improve the provision of health care. The roadmap establishes short, medium, and long-term goals:

  • 2015-2017: send, receive, find, and use priority data domains to improve health care quality and outcomes
  • 2018-2020: expand data sources and users in the interoperable health information technology ecosystem to improve health and lower costs
  • 2021-2024: achieve nationwide EHR interoperability to enable a learning health system, with the person at the center of a system that can continuously improve care, public health, and science through real-time data access

ONC emphasized its commitment to ensuring consumer access to health records, preventing information blocking, and developing national interoperability standards. America’s Essential Hospitals supported these three commitments in a statement Tuesday.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin O’Malley, director of policy, at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127.

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Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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