Welcome to the Special Update edition of the quarterly b.well Buzz newsletter! At b.well, our team diligently monitors regulatory activity to bring you the latest highlights. In this special issue, we dive into the recently released final rule (HTI-1-F) by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). This highly anticipated update, the first since May 2020, focuses on the Health IT Certification Program and the Information Blocking Rule. Explore the insights from this important regulatory update below!
Recent Updates on ONC’s Health Data & Interoperability Rating
The industry is doubling down on FHIR-based interoperability with new and improved standards. The final rule demonstrates the extent to which the regulatory landscape is favoring open, patient-centered standards, technology, and solutions to enable more participation in building a reimagined and more connected healthcare system. These updates support our collective vision to build experiences that accelerate an ever-more connected, consumer-centered health ecosystem.
In the same way that seat belts improved public safety and that open standards enable a nationwide network of electronic vehicle (EV) recharging stations, the standards and requirements in HTI-1-F create an environment that supports, accelerates, and rewards creative and collective problem-solving that enables tremendous growth in healthcare.
A day earlier, on December 12, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the official launch of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). This milestone marks the end of seven years of planning after the Cures Act to enable interoperability through networks.