Health IT Now Responds to Long-Awaited Interoperability Proposed Rules

Proposed rules follow years of advocacy work from Health IT Now. Coalition set to discuss latest developments at its relaunch event as "Health Innovation Alliance" on Wednesday at HIMSS. 

WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2019): Health IT Now - a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, technology leaders, and payers supporting the use of data and health information technology to improve healthcare - responded today to the release of two long-awaited proposed rules from ONC and CMS to expand interoperability and effectuate information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures law. 

Health IT Now's advocacy work surrounding interoperability and combating information blocking dates back to a 2011 meeting with ONC. The coalition fought to secure needed interoperability provisions in Cures and led an aggressive campaign over the last year pushing for their implementation through the rulemaking process. 

HITN Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:

"Congress doled out nearly $40 billion to ensure patient information could be shared and used to improve care. Yet we never ensured bad actors weren’t blocking information - and they were, to the harm of patients and taxpayers."

"This shameful business practice must stop and today’s rules are a first step.  We will review them to ensure they are an honest attempt to end the business practices and technology issues confounding interoperability. But end they must. If these rules do not achieve this end, we will be back. The future of health care depends on it." 

Health IT Now will discuss the proposed rules further at its relaunch event as the Health Innovation Alliance on Wednesday at the HIMSS conference in Orlando alongside a panel of Congressional staffers and industry experts. Learn more and RSVP here

Additionally, a timeline of Health IT Now's advocacy work over the past year spurring the releaseof today's proposed rules can be found here.