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HHS wants to know how to best measure EHR interoperability

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“Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin (1931),” by Rube Goldberg.

Healthcare Dive reports:

  • “HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has put out a call for input on how best to measure progress toward {EHR} interoperability that supports improved healthcare and smarter spending.
  • “The call comes as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which named interoperability a national objective and directed HHS to collaborate with health IT stakeholders to establish metrics to determine if and when this objective is met.”

“Measuring progress and addressing the roadblocks toward interoperability will be critical, as despite all the committments and best intentions, the goal has been elusive and we still don’t have it. Some vendors suggest ‘it’s never going to happen.”‘

The ONC’s latest request seeks health IT experts’ thoughts on how to measure interoperability and keep HHS on pace in meeting the objectives established in the Roadmap and the Federal Health IT Strategic plan.

The public comment period is open until June 3.

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