Fierce Healthcare: New ONC leader Tripathi says data sharing rules force a ‘culture change’

“New data-sharing regulations will soon go into effect that lay the groundwork for patients to have easier access to their health information.”

“When will patients start to see the benefits of these new mandates?”

“New federal health IT leader Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., believes it’s already happening.”

“‘A lot more is happening behind the scenes that benefit patients that they don’t appreciate. Think about information flowing through networks today: a lot of that does benefit patients,’ Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT, said Thursday during a virtual fireside chat as part of Health Datapalooza…”

“Tripathi said the new regulations will open up an app ecosystem that enables patients to engage with healthcare on their smartphones and through health apps.”

“‘We haven’t broached or embraced that yet,’ he said.”

“He also acknowledged, however, ‘That doesn’t mean we’re anywhere near where we need to be…'”

“In March 2020, the Trump administration released widely anticipated rules that prohibit the blocking of information sharing and will change how providers, insurers and patients exchange health data. Specifically, the regulations will allow patients to access and download their health records with third-party apps.”

“The rules have faced some industry pushback, and compliance deadlines has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers aren’t required to come into compliance with the information blocking requirements until April 5…” Read the full article here.

Source: New ONC leader Tripathi says data sharing rules force a ‘culture change’ – By Heather Landi, February 19, 2021. Fierce Healthcare.

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