- Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The agency is taking comments from the public through Nov. 6.
- Updates to the draft 2016 Advisory’s substance and structure feature input from the Health IT Standards Committee.
- A final advisory will be published at the end of the year.
The document is to provide the industry with a single, public list of standards and implementation specifications to fulfill specific health information interoperability needs as well as document known limitations and dependencies among such specifications.
According to the draft, the most “substantial changes” between the 2015 version and the 2016 draft are structural changes in which content is organized, presented and annotated, including:
- An added revision history section;
- An included security standards sources appendix;
- Six informative characteristics associated with referenced standard and implementation specifications; and
- Reframing of sections to include an “interoperability need” for stakeholders.