The ONC and CMS are pushing efforts to broaden and deepen interoperability by giving patients more control of their health data, including through the CMS' MyHealthEData initiative.
In the revised framework, members of a patient-matching workgroup set out principles for linking patients to the health records—a challenge that has long eluded the industry.
HHS officials outlined the agency's priorities, which include driving value-based care and pursuing deregulation.
The Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to let the private sector hammer out the details of implementation of its interoperability and data-sharing framework.
Speaking at the 2018 HIMSS conference, Office of the National Coordinator head Dr. Don Rucker called for work on open APIs and standards for greater interoperability.
In comments on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, trade groups and vendors asked the ONC for details about patient matching, data sharing and other topics related to interoperability.
As required by the 21st Century Cures Act, the two agencies are meeting with clinicians and others to discuss the burdens that may arise from using EHRs.
President Donald Trump's budget wish list included a $22 million cut to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a move that could limit the agency's ability to push health IT adoption.
The interoperability rule would deal with some provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including health information networks' use of a framework for data transfer.
Kathryn Marchesini will be the ONC's new chief privacy officer, taking over after Deven McGraw resigned and left the position vacant in late 2017.
The ONC released a draft version of its interoperability framework, in which it sets out principles for health information networks to adopt to more effectively share digital health information.
During her tenure at the ONC, DeSalvo fleshed out the meaningful use program and pushed for greater interoperability.