Monday, May 18, 2015

Trending ICD Controversy ONC Interoperability

On Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITpublished nearly 250 comments that it received on its draft nationwide interoperability roadmap, Politico's "Morning eHealth" reports (Pittman, "Morning eHealth," Politico, 5/18).

Background

The draft roadmap, titled "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0," aims to achieve basic electronic health data interoperability by 2017.
It outlines short- and long-term goals for the next 10 years, with 2017 set as the deadline by which "a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum" should be able "to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information."

Interoperability Roadmap Public Comments

ONC requested public commentary on it's program for health information interoperability.
ONC accepted public comments on Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0. The comment period ended on April 3, 2015.
The draft Roadmap proposes critical actions that need to be taken by both private and public stakeholders to advance the nation towards a more connected, interoperable health IT infrastructure and was drafted by ONC based on input from private and public stakeholders. The draft Roadmap outlines the critical actions for different stakeholder groups necessary to help achieve an interoperable health IT ecosystem.
Selected commentary:
I am very opposed to this. It proposes to repeal federal law that allows state legislatures to enact true medical privacy laws for citizens. It views patient data as public property rather than personal property. It has uses of data that many patients will not accept.

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