Proving that Interoperability is more than just a pipe dream for the healthcare industry, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced its partnership with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, USA (IHE) to advance interoperability.
According to an article in Healthcare IT news, the union aims to ‘innovate the technical standards needed for more effective data exchange and to reach the milestones identified in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and the 21st Century Cures Act.’
Non-profit IHE brings together real-world users and developers to address interoperability issues that affect healthcare. As such, their input is invaluable to the ONC as it works to implement new standards, update profiles and implementation guides, transitions to more modern APIs and emerging standards such as HL7’s FHIR protocol that make it easier to exchange data securely via smartphone.
“This initiative is great news for the entire healthcare industry and mirrors our commitment to building products that foster interoperability and patient engagement,” says Get Real Health CEO, Robin Wiener. “We look forward to a new road leading to improved access and technology.”