Weekly News Roundup: April 26, 2019


Interoperability and Information Blocking

Information Blocking Exceptions Defined in Proposed Rule

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a proposed rule to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act. The Cures Act was signed into law in December 2016 and introduced sweeping healthcare legislation and funding for medical research, drug development, and medical device innovation. Read More

Industry Voices Concerns About Proposed HHS Interoperability Rules

Making electronic health information accessible to patients and providers is the goal of two proposed Department of Health and Human Services rules. However, stakeholders question whether the aims are achievable as currently written. In accordance with provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act … Read More

Stakeholders Push Use of Open APIs in Information Blocking Rules

Ensuring healthcare providers and health IT vendors adopt data standards to support application programming interfaces (APIs) should be a top priority when finalizing an ONC proposed rule about information blocking, according to stakeholders at a recent Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing. Read More

Interoperability Rules Need Some Fine-Tuning, Experts Tell Senate Committee

Two new proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services are important steps to accelerate interoperability, but they need to be finetuned to avoid significant unintended consequences, healthcare leaders said on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Read More

As ONC Considers Info Blocking, IoT, Medical Device Guidance Needed

With its HIMSS19 release of the information blocking rule, the Office of the National Coordinator set the ball in motion on greater interoperability in the healthcare sector. But as some health stakeholders have pointed out, greater data sharing may also introduce privacy and security concerns. Read More