In my role as Director, Interoperability and Standards with NantHealth's NaviNet Open team, a good part of my job is spent exploring the Healthcare IT landscape to identify, advocate and decide where we should invest our resources. With that said, if an organization, acronym or trade group exists to enable interoperability in health care, chances are I’ve crawled their website, sat through a webinar, interviewed their CEO, and/or talked to practitioners or users of their assets. My investigations continue to pull me back to HL7 and FHIR, as our organization has recognized that providers and payers increasingly need to pull disparate data from administrative and clinical workflows together.
During this period of continual change, and with the increasing pressure to realize Meaningful Use investments, the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) proposed 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) is positioned to prepare all of us to better support the many transitions underway in the healthcare industry. If you are not familiar with ISA, it represents just a small portion of the great work coming out of the ONC’s Health IT Standards Committee.