Achieving true healthcare interoperability across the care continuum is a top priority for providers, payers, and other key industry stakeholders.

Seamless, comprehensive data sharing is particularly important for healthcare organizations looking to earn incentive payments through the CMS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program, formerly known as meaningful use.

The adoption and use of health data standards forms the basis for enabling interoperability across organizations and between electronic health record (EHR) systems.

According to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), “standards are agreed-upon methods for connecting systems together. Standards may pertain to security, data transport, data format or structure, or the meanings of codes or terms.”

In the healthcare industry, a number of different standards development organizations (SDOs) create, define, update, and maintain health data standards through collaborative processes that involve health IT users.  ….more