6 Interoperability Suggestions for ONC

By Tom Sullivan, Editor of Government Health IT
Twitter: @GovHITeditor

The highly anticipated final recommendations from the JASON task force arrived on last Wednesday afternoon. JASON, a group of independent scientists who advise the federal government, issued a November 2013 report to Health and Human Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Agency for Health Research and Quality on the matter of interoperability.

The resulting analysis, not surprisingly, was highly critical of the current state of interoperability and electronic health record systems vendors. ONC, for its part, has since established a task force to consider the JASON report.

Calling it the capstone of Wednesday’s joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees meeting, John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and vice chair of the HIT Standards committee, explained that the JASON task force essentially “takes a set of general recommendations and turns them into actionable next steps.”

Here are the half-dozen recommendations the JASON task force made to ONC.

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