It wasn’t all that long ago the mumbling at many industry events was, “Why are we still talking about Interoperability?”
Well, CMS must have overheard the mumbles and has responded resoundingly with a subtle, but very powerful reminder that the reason we are still talking about interoperability is because it's critical to the transition to value-based health.
The meaningful use incentive program, now known as “Promoting Interoperability (PI)” is intended to end data blocking, create an ecosystem of APIs and apps and give patients choices about what tools they use to access their medical information.
CMS has built in plans to reduce regulatory burdens on clinicians and hospitals while simultaneously proposing clinicians and hospitals institute new policies to improve technology for patient data access and to post care services pricing in a way that consumers can understand them.
We applaud CMS for listening to the market and refocusing its efforts for technological innovation, data liquidity and price transparency.