The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced the launch of a new standards and interoperability framework -- called Health eDecisions -- aimed at building consensus on standards for clinical decision support systems, CMIO reports (Byers, CMIO, 6/11).
About the Framework
According to ONC, establishing standards for shareable clinical decision support content will make it easier for electronic health record vendors to build clinical decision support capabilities into their EHR systems.
It also will increase the likelihood that health care providers will use interoperable clinical decision support structures, ONC said.
Details About Participants
The Health eDecisions website lists several individuals from the public and private sectors who plan to collaborate on the Health eDecisions initiative. The participants represent organizations such as:
- GE Healthcare;
- Mayo Clinic;
- WebMD; and
- Wolters Kluwer.
Goals of the Framework
Officials expect the Health eDecisions initiative to help generate:
- A list of relevant standards for clinical decision support systems;
- A standards support and coordination plan;
- Guidance on implementing clinical decision support standards;
- Functional requirements for such standards; and
- Pilot tests of the clinical decision support standards (Terry, FierceHealthIT, 6/8).
Officials hope to finalize pilot testing and recommendations on standards development by June 2013 (CMIO, 6/11).