Tech Giants Draft Letter to HHS Seeking to Release Info Blocking Guidelines

Over two dozen of healthcare organizations and technology firms drafted an open letter this previous week to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Administration and Budget, urging them to finalize rules permitting software programming interface entry to patient data.

The letter, signed by groups ranging from Careloop and Rock Health to Apple and Microsoft – however, not any major EHR vendors – argues that APIs could make it easier for sufferers to receive their data on personal gadgets, such as smartphones or tablets.

API access might assist sufferers in aggregating their records from a number of different health care providers and health plans to be able to take higher ownership of their care.

Under recommended patient access guidelines, first published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid Services almost a year in the past as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, modern instruments like APIs are recommended to help facilitate the exchange of health data and digital well-being data.

The healthcare sector has been eagerly awaiting finalization of the foundations, which many think will likely be “what’s going to define health data exchange and the health IT area for the next 5 to 10 years,” Doug Fridsma, AMIAc chief executive, which also signed the letter, described them this past year.

The document comes less than a month the HHS printed the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, created for the body by the ONC and which lays out aims for federal health IT efforts to make sure sufferers have access to their digital well-being data.

Following some health IT executives, the guidelines signify the biggest change and pressure point for interoperability in 2020 and beyond.