The 21st Century Cures Act promised patients unprecedented control over their medical data through accessible digital platforms. Congress mandated standard APIs and the right to access data, envisioning a digital healthcare revolution. However, recent regulatory developments by the ONC pose potential setbacks.The ONC’s proposed rule linked to TEFCA introduces an outdated document exchange protocol, potentially limiting modern APIs and enabling information blocking.
In this recent article, Dr. Donald Rucker examines the consequences of these proposals, questioning their alignment with the consumer-centric, digitally-advanced healthcare landscape envisioned by Congress. For a deeper dive, read the full article on HealthLeaders.