The future of ONC’s interoperability framework hinges on adoption. But the agency — and industry — is optimistic

The health IT industry cheered on Tuesday when the Biden administration released a final draft of a framework for nationwide data exchange after an extended stint in regulatory purgatory, with the goal of creating a simple and standard connectivity infrastructure for providers, plans, patients and public health agencies in the U.S.

Many, including ONC, are optimistic on TEFCA adoption, citing the competitive disadvantages to nonparticipation. “The hope is that the more networks use it, the more its value proposition will be proved. Patients will inquire why their provider doesn’t have their data from other facilities, and the provider will then wonder why the exchanges it’s a participant in aren’t qualified to work with other networks,” Barrett said.

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