Global consulting firm Accenture announced that it has won a two-year contract from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to develop and manage business scenarios that the ONC will use to help determine the standards and IT systems needed for healthcare IT interoperability.
ONC awards Accenture interoperability contract
According to a news release, Accenture will work with the ONC and other stakeholders to help identify "real-world" interoperability needs and prioritize those through a governance process; ensure that healthcare providers' certified electronic health-record systems can handle patients' requests for clinical summaries; and provide information for the development of computer system requirements and technical specifications that will enable interoperability. The company will also create what it calls a "comprehensive, sustainable" process for the ONC's standards and interoperability framework, according to the release.
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