The final versions of the highly anticipated rules have been released. 1upHealth can help meet these new requirements through its FHIR® platform and services as further outlined here.
Released in February 2019, ONC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)1 supports seamless and secure exchange of electronic health information (EHI). The rule would enable patients to access all of their health information electronically at no cost via FHIR® APIs. To accomplish this vision, the rule endorses FHIR® APIs for exchanging clinical data, which will be required in certified electronic health records (EHRs), and also implements the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.
To address this regulation, providers and other healthcare stakeholders are using 1up to:
Released in tandem in February 2019 with this ONC NPRM rule, the CMS Patient Access and Interoperability rule aims to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination. The rule places specific requirements on health plans for exchange via APIs. Both rules tie back to the 21st Century Cures Act, under which ONC and CMS have closely collaborated to advance interoperability.
“The era of the provider controlling all of this, I think this is over… [We need a] formal path to put patients back in control of their medical data.” - Dr. Don Rucker, head of the ONC2
The proposed ONC NPRM rule emphasizes the patient's ability to access their health information electronically (structured and/or unstructured) at no cost. The rule received over 1900 public comments 3 to be addressed in the final version. Specific key provisions of the proposed rule include: