If there’s an interoperability czar within healthcare delivery and health IT, it is the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
Along with its traditional role of health IT certification for meaningful use, which is set to segment and expand for MACRA and other quality reporting programs, ONC has become the conscience, if you will, of establishing national interoperability, most workable as a public/private endeavor.
To that end, Wellcentive has been interacting with ONC on several fronts. Last year, we commented on ONC’s broad interoperability roadmap for national exchange. This year in March, we submitted a support statement in line with industry developers and vendors seeking mutual and patient-centered data exchange approaches to overcome data blocking within the competitive landscape, which followed an interactive meeting with the agency at HIMSS16.
Most recently, we advised ONC’s annual data exchange standards review by promoting FHIR’s place within document sharing, messaging and its resource hierarchy.
The thread throughout all of this communication is that population health management, value-based care and reimbursement demands new ways of broader care management interoperability.
We see our dedication to maturing FHIR and identifying population health use cases as a step in that direction.