January 20, 2017

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Aids Collaboration

On Jan. 10, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a reformatted, interactive version of the Interoperability Standard Advisory (ISA), an annually updated compilation of health IT standards and implementation specifications for various applications. The new format includes robust searching functionality and ways to review and incorporate stakeholder input on the content of the ISA as well as on submissions from other users. The previous format of the ISA was static and did not solicit stakeholder engagement beyond brief public comment periods on annual draft revisions.

Several subsections of the ISA are applicable to radiology informatics. They include but are not limited to the following:

I-F: Imaging (Diagnostics, Interventions and Procedures)

II-C: Clinical Decision Support

II-L: Images

III-C: Image Exchange

The annual ISA is intended to be an informational resource for interested stakeholders from industry and the informatics community. It is not mandated by federal regulation or explicitly tied to the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Stakeholders, who wish to comment and contribute to ONC’s efforts, should register at the ONC website.