ConCert by HIMSS: Evolving standards and the value proposition for interoperability

Interoperability is HOT. ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap is ambitious. Organizations like CommonWell Health Alliance and the Center for Medical Interoperability, an offshoot of the San Diego-based West Health/Gary and Mary West Health Foundation  are doing great niche work through facilitating industry collaboration to advance common methodologies and standards. And the most recent addition, an industry interoperability survey lead by KLAS (Source: Health Data Management, February 5). But standards are elusive. On the standards front, there’s the Argonaut Project which leverages HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (F.H.I.R.), the Sequoia Project and its Carequality Interoperability Framework. While all of these programs have made significant contributions, they are currently in their early or pilot phases. 

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