Interoperability expected to make major advances in 2022

EHNAC’s Lee Barrett sees positive signs for easier exchange of patient information, with federal regulations supplying major impetus.

Progress on interoperability has been a slog for the healthcare industry, but pressure has been steadily growing to make progress on information exchange. Rules against information blocking contained in the 21st Century Cures Act and requirements to achieve some basic information exchange through the use of application programming interfaces and the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standard show federal agencies want to increase the pressure.

That pressure will continue next year, with the expected release in the first quarter of the final rule of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which is designed to set a floor of universal interoperability across the country, by establishing the infrastructure model and the governing approach to share basic clinical information in a secure fashion.