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HHS Seeks Comments on Draft Framework for EHR Systems Interoperability

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a draft framework that seeks to establish policies, technical standards and processes to facilitate health information sharing and interoperability of electronic health records systems.

HHS said Friday the department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology drafted the proposed Trusted Exchange Framework in compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.

ONC will pick through a competitive process a recognized coordinating entity to help create a common agreement for voluntary adoption by qualified health information networks and other participants.

The framework also aims to provide health providers and payer organizations access to health data to aid in the analysis of population health trends, costs and outcomes as well as help the health IT community use application programming interfaces to increase EHR use.

ONC will collaborate with RCE to incorporate public comments and other feedback into the final Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement that will be released in the Federal Register this year.

HHS will accept comments on the draft framework through Feb. 18.

 

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