Health IT Now Senior Advisor Joel White today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Donald Rucker is joining the Department of Health and Human Services as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
“Since the start of the year, Health IT Now has encouraged a much-needed conversation about upping the game around ONC’s role in reducing physician and hospital burdens, lowering costs and improving patient outcomes,” said White. “I am hopeful Dr. Rucker will use every statutory authority at his disposal to eliminate information blocking while allowing private innovation to thrive. This should start with an evaluation of the role the Office of the National Coordinator plays, with a sharp focus on reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on technology developers and healthcare providers alike.”
Health IT Now recently sent a letter to HHS regarding the regulatory role of ONC.
Additionally, HITN has been proactive in monitoring the implementation of 21st Century Cures, with a focus on ending information blocking.