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While official comments on the second draft of the TEFCA won't be released until early next week, there are already a wide-range of industry concerns.

TEFCA Comments Point to Industry Concerns About Interoperability

While official comments on the second draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) won't be released until early next week, there are many signs pointing to a wide-range of industry concerns.

For example, The Sequoia Project urged the ONC to avoid unnecessarily disrupting or duplicating existing exchanges between health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information networks (HINs). Listen to our exclusive podcast with Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, about information blocking here.

Meanwhile, DirectTrust recommended that ONC build on networks and frameworks within the HIE marketplace that have already proven successful in TEFCA. The organization also urged the federal agency to adopt a lightweight approach to the framework, and establish the minimum conditions necessary for efficient health data exchange to occur rather than imposing strict requirements. Listen to our recent podcast with Scott Stuewe, President and CEO of DirectTrust, here.

In addition, Pew Charitable Trusts stated that TEFCA should include policies that promote patient matching accuracy and support modern approaches to data extraction through application programming interfaces (APIs).

According to this recent Healthcare Dive article, overall these groups worry the government is doing too much too quickly with the relatively abbreviated timeline of TEFCA implementation and its accompanying administrative burden. They also believe that it’s not fully clear how the ONC will incentivize participation given TEFCA's voluntary nature, and how it will weigh privacy concerns versus giving patient access to their own health data.

We will certainly be tracking this issue, especially as all of the comments will be released next week. In the meantime, be sure to catch up on all of our health data interoperability content below.

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