The only way to truly assess how far the industry has come in its quest for interoperability is to start from the beginning, says Chuck Christian, who provides a history lesson on federal policy and programs.
The reason why interoperability wasn’t baked into HITECH? Because ONC knew it couldn’t be developed in a committee, but had to be done “in the real world,” even if that meant it would be “messy,” says Doug Fridsma.
CMS’ decision to ease back on the final rule is a game-changer, and it wouldn’t have been possible without testimonies from health IT leaders, say Mari Savickis and Leslie Krigstein of CHIME.
In the past, security hasn’t been viewed as a strategic function of health care. If the industry is going to make progress, that needs to change, say Theresa Meadows and David Finn, who discuss the Task Force’s report on cybersecurity.
The 21st Century Cures Act has significant implications for both vendors and providers in the health IT space, says Orlando Portale, who breaks down what it will mean for all parties.