Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – responded today to The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) announced goal of shifting to private sector-developed certificating testing tools within the next five years.
Health IT Now advocated for these reforms since implementation of Meaningful Use began; most recently sending a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price urging the administration to “give priority to standards and implementation specifications developed by consensus-based standards development organizations,” nothing that “Focusing on standards used in the private sector is essential to reaching interoperability.”
Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:
“Since the Meaningful Use program’s inception, Health IT Now has consistently pushed for federal recognition of industry-developed testing tools and we are pleased to see ONC responding in kind,” said HITN Executive Director Joel White. “We should have been doing this all along. We believe these reforms, supported by the 21st Century Cures Act, will improve interoperability by ensuring testing tools are developed by those who know what works in everyday industry practice. Further, this shift can eliminate waste by preventing ONC from duplicating what private sector entities can do more effectively. Already, ONC has partnered with stakeholders like the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) to successfully put industry-developed standards to use. We encourage ONC to continue and broaden this effort moving forward.”