Our Contribution to the ONC Interoperability Proving Ground


Earlier this week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced a new initiative where the agency will work directly with standards development organizations (SDO’s) and partner with stakeholders to “adapt and evolve ONC’s standards and technology work process” into a Tech Lab approach.onc ipg logo

This initiative – the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG), is an open, community platform where agencies and organizations can share their interoperability projects taking place across the nation. The IPG provides a simple way to share a succinct set of basics about an organization’s project (e.g., title, description, hyperlink to the project website) and “tag” it with any standards or keywords (e.g., C-CDA, FHIR, PDMP, ADT). The data shared populates the main IPG home page so anyone can search across the entire interoperability project database or view the interoperability project database.

As Steve Posnak, ONC’s Director, Office of Standards and Technology states that the Tech Lab’s organizing structure is:

“to help us focus on what we can uniquely contribute to improve existing standards and build consensus around those that best serve specific interoperability needs.”

Well folks – AEGIS has been educating the health IT standards & interoperability community since 2010. We have been leading the charge, contributing our own R&D and building consensus around the use of testing to ensure standards-based “continuous” interoperability. To this end – we have effectively and judiciously supported the following crowd-sourced programs “focused on standards, testing, pilots and innovation” which we have officially entered into the IPG:

These Programs leverage AEGIS testing platforms – the Developers Integration Lab (DIL) and it’s FHIR-specific initiative, the Touchstone Project. The DIL has been called out by ONC as the:

“only tool in industry performing true interoperability and conformance testing of healthcare standards.”

AEGIS collaborates and educates a wide array of leading associations, organizations, and key federal agencies in addressing the challenges and barriers to ensuring interoperability. Numerous EHR vendors, members of the Federal Health IT community and government leaders engage with us at industry events, panels and congressional activities, as we’re looking forward to seeing many of them at HIMSS16. Why don’t you stop by too?

Come chat with our industry leaders at HIMSS16. We’ll be in Booth 12949 in Hall G (downstairs), directly in front of the Interoperability Showcase.


About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets.

Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments.

Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry’s top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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