The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to align the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) standard with the testing reporting requirements in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) to avoid contradictory or duplicative reporting requirements for laboratories and pathologists.

The goal of the ONC is to promote use of advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of information, and the USCDI standard, adopted as part of the ONC implementation for the 21st Century Cures Act, defines how health care data should be formatted for nationwide electronic exchange, thereby enabling health care data to be understood across various institutions.

In a Sept. 30 letter to the ONC commenting on the USCDI version 4, CAP wrote: “Aligning the USCDI with CLIA requirements will support interoperability by building on existing standards and patterns of use while avoiding contradictory or duplicative reporting requirements.”

In the letter, CAP outlines recommendations for specific data elements and vocabulary standards that it recommends be added to the fourth version of the USCDI.