ONC Publishes EHR Interoperability Road Map; Guidance on Mobile Application Security
February 20, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
Most healthcare providers will be required to have the ability to send, receive, and use a common set of electronic information by the end of 2017 under a "version 1.0" interoperability road map released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The extensive road map and accompanying standards advisory seek to build on regional successes in information sharing by establishing a nationwide standard. The standards advisory, for example, details what ONC identified as the best available implementation standards for achieving interoperability as of December 2014. In addition to the technical standards, the road map lays out four additional "core building blocks," including certification to support adoption and optimization of health information technology (IT) products and services; privacy and security protections for health information; supportive business, clinical, cultural, and regulatory environments; and rules of engagement and governance.