Information Blocking and Health Data Exchange Challenges Addressed on Capitol Hill
This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing about how the 21st Century Cures Act should be a driver for making electronic health records data more available to patients and providers.
Both Dr. Donald Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and Dr. Kate Goodrich, Director of Clinical standards and Quality at CMS, both testified at the hearing, which took place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 7th.
Prior to the testimony from Dr. Rucker and Dr. Goodrich, Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray discussed many key points about how information blocking can increase patient health risks, and privacy concerns about accessing and sharing health data.
According to this recent Healthcare Dive article, both Dr. Rucker and Dr. Goodrich used this hearing as a platform to defend the administration’s implementation of the data blocking and interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Part of the challenge is that the proposed interoperability rules released in February require that insurers would have to give patients free electronic access to their personal health information by the beginning of 2020.
In addition, industry groups would have to adopt standardized APIs, two years after the rules are completed, and hospitals would have to be able to send a patient's doctor a notification when the patient is discharged from the hospital.
During the hearing, Senators expressed interest in a phased-in approach for interoperability compliance as opposed to hard deadlines, or decreasing the size of the health dataset players need to be able to share, as highlighted by Healthcare Dive.
Click here to view the full committee hearing. Over the past couple of months, we have been covering all things health data interoperability with the following content:
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- The New Definition of Healthcare Interoperability
- PODCAST: Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, Discusses New Information Blocking Working Group
- Healthcare Interoperability at a Turning Point?
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- Tackling Health Data Interoperability in 2019
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