Interoperability roundup: EHI compliance guidance, LOINC updates and more


At the beginning of 2023, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s analysis of interoperability and approaches of exchange amongst healthcare facilities, which took a look at experiences and information from 2017-2021, showed considerable development in interoperability amongst healthcare facilities. “As of 2021, 88% of healthcare facilities participated in digitally sending out and acquiring client health info, through either querying or digitally getting a summary of care records,” ONC stated.

ONC’s objective for interoperability barriers– such as the 48% of healthcare facilities reporting one-sided sharing relationships in which they share patient information with other suppliers who do not– will be resolved by the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement structure as a universal policy for across the country interoperability. For the barriers to info exchange that stay, there are numerous moving parts associated with the Cures Act.

New LOINC release with 1,945 brand-new ideas

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes from Regenstrief Institute is releasing its semiannual material upgrade with 1,945 brand-new principles to assist health systems, labs and other health companies exchange medical information, according to Tuesday’s statement.

The release, LOINC variation 2.75, includes recently produced material based upon demands sent by stakeholders from more than 100 nations. It is offered on the LOINC site and by means of the LOINC Terminology Service utilizing HL7 FHIR at no charge.

” Issuing these principles semiannually assists support the exchange and aggregation of medical outcomes for the advantage of care shipment,” stated Marjorie Rallins, executive director of LOINC and Health Data Standards.

” The users’ capability to download LOINC or use HL7 FHIR for variation 2.75 principles assists in the smooth motion of health care information.”

ONC sums up EHI export requirements

Because qualified health IT modules need to digitally export all electronic health info kept at the time of accreditation and make the performance readily available to end users by Dec. 31 under § 170.315( b)(10), ONC published a Quick Guide for EHI exports on Tuesday.

Single client EHI export performance should enable the export of client information at any time the user selects without designer help, ONC kept in mind in the firm’s blog site post

Similarly, the client population export performance need to consist of all readily available client population EHI, be exported in an electronic and computable format, and consist of an openly available link of the export’s format. Client population EHI export can include extra action or assistance on the part of the licensed health IT designer.

In the post, ONC provides details about formats and requirements along with extra resources.

ONC stated, “A handy procedure for identifying whether a Health IT Module should be accredited is to ask the following concerns”:

  1. Is information saved by the item of which the licensed Health IT Module belongs?
  2. Would that information certify under the abovementioned EHI meaning?

If the response is yes to both, then the health IT module is needed to accredit.

The Sequoia Project to continue as RCE

The Sequoia Project revealed Monday that ONC had actually selected the company to continue as the acknowledged collaborating entity for TEFCA.

” The Sequoia Project and our RCE group are exceptionally happy with TEFCA’s development to date, and we eagerly anticipate bringing its pledge and advantages to truth quickly,” Mariann Yeager, the company’s CEO, stated in a declaration.

” We could not have actually gotten this far without close cooperation with ONC and the prospect [ Qualified Health Information Networks]”

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

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