Electronic Health Data Exchange Success Rests With Coordinator
The Trump administration’s goal of setting up seamless, national electronic health-data exchange by 2022 will rest largely on which nonprofit the government chooses to oversee its development.
Nonprofits face a June 20 deadline to apply for a position that gives them executive control over how health-care providers, insurers, and patients electronically share medical records. The so-called Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) will be responsible for drafting the rules that let health plans and providers exchange health data even if they’re not using the same electronic health record system. The RCE will also monitor the performance of all exchange participants.
The RCE is key to implementing and adopting electronic health data exchange, Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, said in an interview. Whoever takes on the new role will work closely with the ONC to develop global exchange policies and procedures that will eliminate the individual legal agreements that are currently needed between health-care organizations exchanging data, Barrett said.
“This will be a key accelerator for the industry, and the RCE will become a key player and drive in expediting interoperability adoption,” Barrett said. Interoperability means health-care providers and health plans can freely exchange medical records regardless of the electronic health record systems they’re using.
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