Healthcare DIVE July 12, 2019
Rebecca Pifer

Dive Brief:

  • A key HHS advisory committee on health IT unanimously passed a slew of recommendations Thursday advising the Office of the National Coordinator streamline and clarify crucial sections of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, an HHS blueprint meant to foster healthcare interoperability nationwide.
  • Most notably, the Health IT Advisory Committee recommended ONC align TEFCA with the corresponding HHS proposed rules to crack down on the practice of information blocking and provided multiple incentives for industry adoption of the interoperability framework.
  • However, HITAC’s recommendations failed to address one of the most persistent industry concerns: that the government is trying to enact too much too quickly, potentially placing a heavy burden on the entire healthcare system.