HealthcareITNews: Senate hearing digs into interoperability, information blocking rules

“On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions weighed the opportunities and challenges ahead as the interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act take shape…”

“But Alexander had concerns too. “Are we moving too fast? I urged the Obama administration to slow down the meaningful use program which they did not do,” he said. “And looking back the results would’ve been better if it had.”

“He also wondered whether the proposed data management standards might be too rigid. He sought assurances that the regs would help “ensure patient privacy as patients gain more access and control over their personal health information.”

“And he wanted to make sure the rules, despite their prohibition on the hoarding of data, didn’t leave the door open for “bad actors to game the system and continue to information block…”

“As ONC works in earnest help patients wrest control of their own information, Savage said there were some areas where the agency could “push its vision more aggressively” – and some where it might want to “consider unintended consequences” of its rules.”

“For instance, the proposed rule “does strike a good balance on privacy and security…” Read the full article here.

Source: Senate hearing digs into interoperability, information blocking rules – By Mike Miliard, March 26, 2019. HealthcareITNews.

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