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As the comment period for the ONC’s proposed rule related to interoperability and information blocking officially closed on June 3rd, a wide range of varied comments have been submitted from industry providers and associations.

Roundup of Industry Feedback on the ONC Interoperability Rule

As the comment period for the ONC’s proposed rule related to interoperability and information blocking officially closed on June 3rd, a wide range of varied comments have been submitted from industry providers and associations.

Following is a summary of all of the feedback:

  • Sequoia Project Seeks Clarity in ONC Proposed Interoperability Rule: The Sequoia Project generally commended the proposed rule, but requested that federal regulators more clearly define terms such as “access,” “exchange,” “use,” and “electronic health information” (EHI) in the finalized rule.
  • Pew Presses ONC to Boost EHR Usability in Interoperability Rule: Pew Charitable Trusts urged ONC to take additional steps to improve EHR usability and safety in its proposed interoperability rule by including appropriate end-users in health IT system development.
  • EHRA Says Interoperability Rule Needs Major Revisions: While the EHR Association supports efforts to improve interoperability, the group contends that the proposed rule exceeds the mandate of the 21st Century Cures Act and goes far beyond the intent of Congress.
  • HIMSS' EHR Association Raises Concerns: The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's EHR Association supports the ONC's proposed interoperability rule, however, the organization outlined some of its concerns with the proposed legislation.
  • Health IT Coalition Wants Information-Blocking Rule Rescinded: The Health Innovation Alliance called on the ONC to rescind its companion interoperability and information-blocking rules, arguing they would cause confusion and represent an overreach of the ONC's regulatory authority.
  • MGMA Warns of Administrative Burden of Information Blocking Rules: The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is concerned proposed regulations related to application programming interfaces (APIs) and information blocking may increase administrative burden on clinicians and threaten health data security.
  • AMIA Urges ONC to Support Unstructured Data in Interoperability Rule: While AMIA stated its support for ONC’s efforts to implement the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act by promoting interoperability and reducing information blocking, the association expressed concern the rule may “solidify a dynamic where health data must be standardized before it is available for patient care or research.”

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