publication date: Mar. 11, 2016

Companies, Health Systems Commit to Data Interoperability 


Companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by U.S. health care organizations have agreed to improve the flow of health information for consumers and health care providers, HHS officials said.

At the Health Information Management Systems Society conference Feb. 29, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the data companies pledged to implement the following changes:

Consumer Access: This is defined as making it possible for consumers to get their electronic health information, direct it to any desired location, and learn how their information can be shared and used.

Many of the biggest health IT developers committed to using standardized application programming interfaces and a single shared standard for communicating with each other to enable user-friendly resources, like smartphone and tablet apps, can quickly be made available.

No Information Blocking: Information sharing would be provided whenever permitted by law. The organizations agreed to refrain from blocking electronic health information, defined as knowingly and unreasonably interfering with information sharing.

The practice of information blocking was discussed in a recent report to Congress by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Standards: The organizations agreed to implement federally recognized, national interoperability standards, policies, guidance, and practices for electronic health information, and adopt best practices including those related to privacy and security.

Many of these groups are adopting ONC’s … Continue reading 42-10 Companies, Health Systems Commit to Data Interoperability

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