While substantial progress has been made in recent years to improve health care through standards-based interoperability, much remains to be done. The U.S. Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) was established in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 to provide recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT to advance the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information. In this session, the co-chairs of the HITAC U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) and Interoperability Standards Priorities (ISP) Task Forces will describe the HITAC recommendations for advancing interoperability in the U.S. in these areas. These recommendations encompass the process for expanding the data elements included in the USCDI; the specific data elements with highest priority for near-term inclusion in the USCDI; the priority uses of health IT; gaps in standards or their implementation that hinder these priority uses; and recommended industry and government action to address these gaps. Following an overview of the HITAC recommendations in these areas, the panelists will engage in an interactive dialogue with the audience on what is most needed to advance health care in the U.S. through standards-based interoperability.

Learning Objective: The overall learning objective of the panel is for the learner to be able to describe key needs and potential solutions for standards-based interoperability in the U.S., in particular with regard to the interoperability needs identified by the U.S. Health IT Advisory Committee’s U.S. Core Data for Interoperability and Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Forces.


Kensaku Kawamoto (Presenter)
University of Utah

Steven Lane (Presenter)
Sutter Health

Christina Caraballo (Presenter)
Audacious Inquiry

Terrence O'Malley (Presenter)
Partners HealthCare

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