ONC wants ideas on how to measure interoperability progress

ONC wants ideas on how to measure interoperability progress

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) wants suggestions from healthcare professionals regarding metrics that can quantify progress toward interoperability.
“We are asking for your input on ways to measure the progress toward a future where health information is flowing between providers and patients,” write two ONC officials – Seth Pazinski, director of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Analysis, and Talisha Searcy, director of research and evaluation within the Office – in a blog post published Thursday.
The ultimate goal, Pazinski and Searcy write, is “to support a health system that provides better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.”
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) sets a goal of achieving widespread exchange of health information via interoperable, certified electronic health records. But as the authors note in their post, MACRA also directs the Department of Health and Human Services “to establish metrics in consultation with you – the health IT community – to see if that objective has been met.”
Specifically, ONC is looking for input on:
·        What populations and elements of information flow should be measured?
·        How can HHS use current data sources and associated metrics to address  MACRA requirements?
·        What other data sources and metrics should HHS consider to measure interoperability more broadly?
ONC released a Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap in January 2015 that set a goal of “a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”
In addition to seeking ideas on how to measure interoperability progress, the blog authors say they also welcome advice on how to “ensure HHS is keeping pace with the objectives we laid out in the Roadmap and the Federal Health IT Strategic plan to measure the broad health information ecosystem.”
The public comment period closes on June 3. You can read the full ONC blog post in the link below.
Help Inform the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Measurement of Interoperability