MedCity News February 12, 2019
Erin Dietsche

During the opening keynote panel at HIMSS, former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra said the latest CMS proposed rule is critical because the healthcare industry didn’t self-organize to drive interoperability.

The public sector isn’t traditionally considered ahead of the curve, particularly when compared to the private sector. But during the opening keynote panel at HIMSS, CMS Administrator Seema Verma stressed the opposite when referencing the agency’s recently announced proposed interoperability rule, which would require government health plans and health plans sold on the federal ACA exchanges to give patients access to their health information by 2020.

“[I]n this particular instance, the industry was not doing what was important, what is needed for patients and for the healthcare system,” she said. Instead, the...