HHS backs off on plan to reg­u­late health IT net­work

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS -

HHS, through its Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, has de­cided to punt on its pre­vi­ous drive to reg­u­late the pro­posed na­tion­wide health in­for­ma­tion net­work. In May, the ONC pub­lished a for­mal re­quest for in­for­ma­tion—chiefly a list of more than 60 ques­tions—that gave a sense of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tors’ thoughts on how the na­tional net­work might be reg­u­lated. Un­der the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009, Congress tasked the ONC with es­tab­lish­ing a “gov­er­nance mech­a­nism for the na­tion­wide health in­for­ma­tion net­work.” But even that ini­tial re­quest for in­for­ma­tion re­ceived push­back from mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions in more than 140 for­mal com­ments the ONC re­ceived. Dr. Farzad Mostashari, di­rec­tor of the ONC, said at a meet­ing of the fed­er­ally char­tered Health IT Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, “One con­cern that we heard across al­most ev­ery re­sponse was that reg­u­la­tion at this time may ac­tu­ally slow the de­vel­op­ment of trusted ex­change, if it is im­ple­mented pre­ma­turely. Our goal is to in­crease in­for­ma­tion ex­change, not to hob­ble it or hin­der it in any way, and it was some­thing that we have to lis­ten to care­fully.” Mostashari told pol­icy com­mit­tee mem­bers, how­ever, that the de­ci­sion to pause doesn’t mean the ONC will never move to reg­u­late the net­work.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.