5 mins read
May 6, 2022
Healthcare interoperability has been a major issue in the past and still continues to be a problem in some areas. Today we concentrate on one of the acts, that can or cannot make changes to the exchange between healthcare systems- “the 21st Century Cures Act”.
Will the 21st Century Cures Act with its extensive provisions, be able to open gates for even better and easy healthcare interoperability? Well, it needs more digging into the Act itself and the benefits and challenges of interoperability in healthcare. Let’s start.
Healthcare interoperability in general means the ability to easily access and exchange electronic information across different systems within the healthcare spectrum.
It relies upon various components working together. Whatever the functions may be, the common goal is to achieve the above-mentioned easy exchange by maintaining full patient confidentiality and privacy.
EHRs are used by many practices to gather patient information these days. Because of the same, many practices suffer from costs, limits in contractual agreements, or competitive interests during interface and sharing of important patient information across many organizations. The Cures Acts’ main goal is to address these inconveniences suffered by patients and caregivers.
The Cures Act proposes the development of a Trusted Exchange Framework that would coordinate with the individual interfaces while improving provider efficiency and maximizing health IT developer resources.
This would lead to the bigger success of healthcare interoperability. And would allow users with authorization with easy access to information which would be useful for all stakeholders.
According to a source, in March 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT [Information Technology] (ONC) released the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule, to implement the provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act).
The Cures Act was signed into law in 2016, by former President Barack Obama “to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently.”
The Cures Act’s final rule focuses on supporting the use of modern technology and IT in health care. It aims to give patients essential data in the electronic health record (EHR) by removing barriers created by health IT developers, which often impede the sharing of information (also known as information blocking). The rule also requires the adoption of standardized processes for exchanging information, updates the requirements of the ONC Health IT certification program, and more.
The Cures Act facilitates,
The important role and purpose of this act are to upgrade and improve the collaboration between providers who are taking care of patients by ensuring transparency in usage and electronic health information exchange.
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In the transition to a better value-based healthcare system, the Cures Act is an important step that poses a full and full “patient-centered” approach to providing medical care.
Healthcare interoperability will be made smoother with the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act. Practices that adopt interoperability solutions will be assured of experiencing a greater competitive advantage with patients as well as other providers.
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