Topic: Information Blocking
In comments submitted to ONC regarding the draft framework, industry groups homed in on the 12-month implementation period and data blocking.
HIMSS has outlined its priorities for the next several months, including cybersecurity and interoperability.
AAFP wants CMS and ONC to eliminate all health IT utilization measures and focus on cracking down on data blocking to improve interoperability.
HHS lists information blocking advancements and HIPAA settlements while praising agency's accomplishments in the first year under the Trump administration.
A government shutdown that began Saturday will furlough all but six of ONC's 179 employees.
ONC's Elise Sweeney Anthony said the agency will release a proposed rule in April updating health IT certification requirements and addressing data blocking.
Telemedicine reimbursement, digital health partnerships and the battle over data blocking are poised to make an impact in 2018.
The two organizations pushed for more funding for ONC after a senior administrator said the agency would not be able to implement EHR reporting.
Cerner and Intermountain were two of the organizations attending a meeting on EHR interoperability spearheaded by White House Adviser Jared Kushner.
Health IT advancements have changed the way hospitals respond to a disaster, but several issues remain, including consumer access to medical records.