Recent research points to the possibility that the majority of U.S. healthcare IT executives are unfamiliar with healthcare interoperability and information blocking rules currently being developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

According to a recent article, the rules are being developed as part of the 21st Century Cures Act implementation. Among other provisions, the act requires that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) develop rules so that the following types of communications are not restricted or prohibited: the usability, interoperability, and security of health IT; information regarding users’ experience when using health IT; business practices of developers of health IT related to exchange of electronic health information, and the manner in which a health IT user employs such technology.

Ther article goes on to explain that experts suggest that healthcare organizations who were not previously aware of these rules should:

  • Ensure their technology and compliance leadership are familiar with the new rules.
  • Assess and analyze their organization’s current interoperability provisions.
  • Complete gap analyses and develop remediation plans for a 12- to 18-month timeframe.
  • Manage internal and external communications to help healthcare professionals and consumers adapt to the new rules.

To learn more about the rules, visit the HHS website.

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