During HIMSS19 in February, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator released its long-awaited information blocking proposal. While many lauded ONC for its efforts to increase interoperability in the sector, there are elements that will need to be addressed by the agency for its final version to ensure the rule is effective and not burdensome.
As HHS continues its push for improved interoperability and regulations around info blocking, security should be a top priority. In early March, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives sent recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions that outlined the need for cybersecurity to be tied into government healthcare policies.
Health IT Security featured Mac McMillan’s comments in this article.