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January 23, 2023
ONC in January 2023 released the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Draft Version 4. It also motivates the public to comment on the USCDI V4 till the 17th of April, 2023, 11:59 pm ET.
The feedback is accepted on the main Draft USCDI v4 page or individual data class or data element pages. It will consider the recommendations and comments while putting together the final USCDI version 4 for publication in July 2023.
The United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) is a standardized set of health data classes and constituent data elements for nationwide interoperable health information exchange (HIE).
It set up a standard set of data that can be often exchanged across healthcare systems for a variety of uses.
Version 1 (USCDI v1) was acquired as a standard in the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule (Cures Act Final Rule) (at 45 CFR 170.213).
It was incorporated as an essential part of certain criteria and, consequently, certified health IT should be able to exchange USCDI data elements.
The USCDI is organized by data elements and data classes.
The draft put forward to add 20 data elements across a new data class and 8 existing data classes.
If this comes into motion, the USCDI version 4 will have 112 data elements organized in 19 data classes.
The expansion of USCDI was established by ONC on public evaluation of the previous versions and submission by the health IT community. When the submission process ended in September 2022, ONC evaluated new submissions provided through the ONC New Data Element and Class (ONDEC) system. They also evaluated recommendations on data elements acquired from previous cycles.
It approximately received 148 submissions for new data elements and 345 comments on previously submitted data elements. It also applied the following prioritization criteria to create the final list of proposed new data elements for Draft USCDI version 4.
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