The Public Health Case for Federal Health IT Rules

The Public Health Case for Federal Health IT Rules

Regulations proposed nearly a year ago to improve the use of electronic health records (EHRs) remain under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), delaying potential benefits for patients and clinicians alike—despite generating significant support from stakeholders and technology experts when they were introduced.

The two rules, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), implement elements of 2016’s 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) and are designed to help patients access more of their health data, foster the innovation of new tools to integrate into EHRs, and promote greater transparency on the safety of medical record systems.

Once finalized and implemented, these regulations will build on the near-ubiquitous adoption of EHRs—and should help fulfill the potential of these systems to improve care.

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