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Interoperability Request For Information

Last week CDT submitted comments to a Request for Information (RFI) released by the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This RFI solicited input from industry stakeholders regarding how to accelerate interoperability and expand electronic exchange of health information in a way that includes a broader array of participants, including patients and consumers.

CDT’s recommendations focused on promotion of direct patient access to information; consideration of both “push” and “pull” models of information exchange; the development of broader standards to foster interoperability; and the use of both HIPAA and HHS‘ Office for Civil Rights as additional policy levers to overcome resistance to exchange.