Andis Robeznieks, Senior News Writer for the American Medical Association (AMA), writes:
Two federal agencies have proposed rules pertaining to health information technology that will have a significant impact on the exchange, access and use of all health care data. While there are elements in both that deserve support, there are also several problems—particularly when it comes to patient privacy.
One proposal comes from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and covers the agency’s potential new health IT certification requirements, as well as the information-blocking provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act.
The other proposal, which comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), seeks to spur health IT interoperability and promote a patient’s access to the information their health plan has about them, including claims information.
Read more about the AMA’s concerns about these proposals on the American Medical Association’s web site.