The 21st Century Cures Act focuses on making important investments in accelerating medical product development and bringing new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. Enacted in 2016, the Cures Act also includes several health IT-specific policies, from increasing innovation and competition by allowing more choice in care and treatment, reducing burden as well as advancing interoperability through new application programming interface (API) requirements, and promoting patient access to their electronic health information (EHI)
HIMSS and the Healthcare Leadership Council have led 28 organizations in asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra for more specific and granular guidance on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability and Information Blocking Regulations.
ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule supports seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.
On Monday, March 9, 2020 the ONC and CMS publicly released their final regulations related to driving more interoperability and data exchange across the entire healthcare ecosystem.
On Monday, March 9, 2020 CMS and the ONC publicly released their final regulations related to driving more interoperability and data exchange across the entire healthcare ecosystem.
On Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, HIMSS provided written comments on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Draft Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) Technical Framework (QTF).
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a Proposed Regulation on Civil Money Penalties related to the information blocking provisions included in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Interoperability Regulation.
On October 29, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published an Interim Final Regulation. The regulation covers information blocking, certification, and enforcement.
This forum provides a platform to discuss the importance of data exchange as well as how a LHS benefits patients, providers, innovators, and the broader healthcare delivery system.
Compliance with ONC’s Interoperability Regulation Information Blocking Provisions Required Beginning April 5, 2021
Implementation of the health information technology (IT) provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act is fully under way, and April 5, 2021, is the deadline for regulated actors to comply with the...