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Tech Target ONC Event Recap
June 10, 2019

Proposed Rules for Interoperability in Healthcare

Proposed rules are a good first step toward interoperability in healthcare, but don’t go far enough, according to healthcare leaders.

Proposed rules on interoperability and information blocking from federal agencies are a step in the right direction — but only a step, according to leaders within the healthcare community.

Stakeholders came together last week to discuss how the proposed rules from ONC and CMS might affect data sharing, as well as digital health companies. The rules lay out how the federal agencies will facilitate and require better information sharing between healthcare organizations and patients; they also detail situations when information shouldn’t be shared.

The event, held in Boston, was headlined by Don Rucker, national coordinator for health IT, who offered his take on the proposed rules. Afterward, a panel of healthcare experts talked them up, calling them a good start for better interoperability in healthcare. But some panelists also tampered expectations, saying the proposed rules don’t go far enough.

Proposed rules and their impact on healthcare

The proposed rules, which were announced in February, will enable an easier flow of data between providers, healthcare organizations and patients. They will also make it possible for issues like information blocking to be addressed, according to panelist John Halamka, M.D., and CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“As these rules are finalized, it will offer many great innovation possibilities,” he said.

Read the complete article by Makenzie Holland, News Writer, TechTarget, Search HealthIT, June 2019.