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Summaries of the ONC’s Proposed Data Interoperability Rule

A GitHub repository to display high-level and selectively detailed summaries of the ONC's proposed rules is live.  If you've never used GitHub, it's a great way to start collaborating in the software developer community.  If you already use GitHub, the summaries are an invitation to collaborate and engage with you about the ONC's proposals for data interoperability. To access GitHub, you first need to register an account.  After that, click on either of the links in the first paragraph  to begin reading the summaries.  Not all sections of the proposed rule have been summarized, but more of them will be over time.  Meantime, feel free to contribute! Follow links in the Table of Contents to sections that have been summarized. Also, the ONC has provided informal resources on to help the public better understand the proposed rule.  The ONC's presentation to HIMSS about the Proposed Rule is a good starting point. The comment period is open until 5pm on May 3, 2019. If you want to submit comments, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal and upload your comments in MS Word (preferred), MS Excel or Adobe PDF.  If you want help with analyzing any portion of the rules, or…

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With Recent Rulemaking, the ONC and CMS Give Digital Health Innovators A Map for the Emerging Data Interoperability Highway

On February 11, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for implementing data interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Under the proposed rule, all health information technology (HIT) vendors that sell “certified electronic health record technology” (CEHRT) to health care providers will be required to meet new security, data governance and API standards, once final rules take effect.  The proposed rule also describes steps to end business practices that emerged during the years when electronic health records were being adopted, which Congress viewed as anti-competitive. In a related announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Proposed Rule to promote data interoperability by health plans that participate in the Medicare, Medicaid or the CHIP program, or that issue qualified health plans in the individual health insurance marketplace. Both proposed rules mark a long-awaited step towards standardizing the rules of the road for data interoperability in healthcare.   Of course, the industry hasn’t been sitting on their heels.  Epic’s App Orchard, Xealth’s API marketplace and Apple Health Record are examples of the kind of tracks that are already being laid to connect consumers with their health…

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