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ONC Issues Proposed Rule on Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a proposed rule on health data, technology, and interoperability to implement certain provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also makes several enhancements to the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Comments are due June 20.  

The proposed rule would: 

  • Implement the Electronic Health Record Reporting Program as new Condition and Maintenance of Certification requirements (Insights Condition) for developers of certified health information technology (health IT) under the Certification Program 
  • Modify and expand exceptions in the information blocking regulations to support information sharing and certainty for regulated actors 
  • Revise several Certification Program certification criteria, including existing criteria for clinical decision support, patient demographics and observations, electronic case reporting, and application programming interfaces for patient and population services 
  • Raise the baseline version of the United States Core Data for Interoperability from Version 1 to Version 3. 
  • Update standards adopted under the Certification Program to advance interoperability, support enhanced health IT functionality, and reduce burden and costs 

The proposed rule also includes new policies that would promote greater trust in the predictive decision support interventions used in health care.  

Additional information is available in an ONC fact sheet. The ONC will host a series of information sessions on the proposals; registration is required.