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Interoperability, Privacy, and the Common Denominator

This Briefing is brought to you by AHLA’s Health Information and Technology Practice Group.
  • October 16, 2020
  • Peggy Beat , Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Kathryn Traband , Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Health care has been moving at a rapid pace and most recent changes were necessitated by COVID-19 such as telehealth and sharing of medical information for the purposes of public health. The demand for interoperability has never been greater. It might be surprising to know that, over the past decade or more, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) have been attempting to move health care into this newer technological era. ONC and CMS continue to mandate health care providers, payers, and app developers to share information with each other, Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and the patient. The need for interoperability must strike a delicate balance with matching patients’ identity and safeguarding patients’ privacy.

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