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HHS Final Rule Aims to Advance Health Information Technology Interoperability

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What’s happening: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on health data, patient access, interoperability, artificial intelligence (AI), and standards to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.  

What else to know: The final rule is effective Feb. 8.

HHS through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a final rule that:  

  • Implements the Electronic Health Record Reporting Program as the new condition and maintenance of certification requirements for developers of certified health information technology (HIT)  
  • Updates the information blocking regulations  
  • Adopts United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Version 3 to replace USCDI Version 1 as the baseline USCDI standard, effective Jan. 1, 2026 
  • Updates ONC HIT Certification Program (Certification Program) standards, criteria, and requirements 
  • Updates standards adopted under the Certification Program to advance interoperability, support enhanced HIT functionality, and reduce burden and costs  
  • Establishes unprecedented transparency requirements for AI and other predictive algorithms that are part of certified HIT 

Additional information is available in a fact sheet.  

ONC will host a series of information sessions starting Jan. 4. Registration is required.