Health Info Interoperability Rule Raises Privacy Concerns
By Elizabeth Hein and Cynthia Haines (June 26, 2020, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published a final rule on May 1 implementing the interoperability and information blocking requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Interoperability in this context refers to the ability of different health information systems, devices and applications, to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner across organizational boundaries.
The ONC final rule, along with a companion final rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are the latest government efforts to drive the electronic access, exchange and use of health information across care settings.
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