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June 02, 2023   

Small Changes, Big Impact: ONC’s Proposed Changes to Advance Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability

This Briefing is brought to you by AHLA’s Health Information and Technology Practice Group.
  • June 02, 2023
  • Ammon Fillmore , AdventHealth
  • Melissa (Mel) Soliz , Coppersmith Brockelman PLC

In April 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled the Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing (HTI-1). HTI-1 arrives approximately three years after the ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule and builds upon many of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) requirements including the Information Blocking Rule (IBR), certification frameworks, and other regulations for health information technologies to advance information sharing. Of interest, HTI-1 is forecast to be the first of future proposed rules (e.g., HTI-2) to keep pace with advancements in health information technology and associated interoperability initiatives. This article summarizes key proposals in HTI-1. The entire document is available here. For individuals interested in providing comments on HTI-1, responses must be submitted to the ONC by June 20, 2023.


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