- Following stakeholder feedback, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology made several key updates to the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), highlighted by COVID-19, public health emergency, and admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications to a record locator service.
- ONC is in constant scrutiny of EHR interoperability, which is especially apparent during a natural disaster or a pandemic, such as COVID-19. ONC added the Specialty Care and Settings “tag” for COVID-19 interoperability information across the ISA. The ISA also now includes a public health emergency response section. ONC added subsections on the use of hospital and facility beds, lab operations, and population-level morbidity and mortality. The new sections aim to help emergency professionals gauge public health emergencies and improve operations under critical situations.