Premier today called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to address the gaps and challenges that remain in achieving interoperability of health information technology (HIT) among providers, care settings, individuals, HIT platforms and payers. In a letter responding to the agency’s Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, Premier commended ONC for recognizing the barriers to HIT interoperability and for its leadership in outlining a plan on the collection, sharing and effective use of health data to transform our healthcare system.
In the letter, Premier explains how data that is “locked” within proprietary silos forces providers to either pay their original system vendors to custom code links so they can “talk” to other HIT systems, or to manually exchange the information, which comes at an enormous expense and stands in the way of care improvements and patient safety. To break down these barriers, Premier urged ONC to require secure access to open source codes that enable applications to facilitate interoperability of necessary data in various care settings through its certification mechanism for health IT products and services.
The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is a sweeping framework that outlines priorities for the entire federal government to promote the use of HIT. The plan is the culmination of efforts by more than 35 federal departments and agencies and lays out five strategic goals to advance health IT beyond electronic health records (EHRs) and provide policy and other incentives beyond meaningful use.
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