Healthcare Innovation: Google Cloud Launches Interoperability Readiness Program for Healthcare Stakeholders

“Google Cloud has announced the launch of its Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program, designed to help healthcare organizations understand their current interoperability maturity levels, while also navigate changes and increase their readiness for the new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules.”

“In a blog post, two Google Cloud executives—Aashima Gupta, global director, healthcare strategy and solutions, and Amit Zavery, vice president, business application platform—wrote that its program ‘is built to meet customers wherever they are on their interoperability journeys, and to empower them with tailored services, technologies and strategies.’ The organization is working with a variety of both consultants and ISV partners like Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, HCL Technologies, KPMG, MavenWave, Pluto7, SADA and 8K Miles to help meet customers’ needs and support the changes needed to meet the upcoming regulatory requirements, they wrote.”

“Released to the public on March 9, senior healthcare officials from the Trump administration dropped two significant final regulations around interoperability and patient access, one coming from ONC and the other from CMS. Broadly, the two rules clarify issues around information blocking, and promote the development of a nationally consistent patient access API (application programming interface) concept, designed to make access to their electronic health records (EHRs) available to all patients through their smartphones. The regulations apply to all hospitals, physicians, and health plans that receive any reimbursement through either the Medicare or Medicaid programs.”

“The Google Cloud executives stated that in speaking with their customers, the number of healthcare organizations that feel prepared to meet these new requirements is small. The reason for this, they said, is that providers and payers aren’t sure where to start. And with many critical applications running on legacy IT systems that aren’t built on modern web standards, the goal can seem daunting, …” Read the full article here.

Source: Google Cloud Launches Interoperability Readiness Program for Healthcare Stakeholders – By Rajiv Leventhal, November 30, 2020. Healthcare Innovation.

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