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.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has created a framework on its site to help providers and payers improve collection of patient demographic data.
During her tenure at the ONC, DeSalvo fleshed out the meaningful use program and pushed for greater interoperability.
The 21st Century Cures Act tasked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with a herculean task: solve the interoperability puzzle.
The ONC wanted the challenge to encourage companies to develop new algorithms and to help the industry measure its current performance.
With tweaks to testing procedures and the enforcement of random surveillance checks of health IT, the ONC hopes it will allow health IT developers to focus more on interoperability.
The ONC is shifting away from a focus on meaningful use and toward one centered around data mobility and interoperability as it addresses the 21st Century Cures Act, the agency head said.
Hospitals are on the hook for implementing certified EHRs before the end of the year—and they're dependent on EHR vendors to get them the technology before then.
The ONC wants the privacy notices to help inform consumers about how their health data are being protected and secured by health IT, such as mobile apps.
Dr. Donald Rucker has been named head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.