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  • Washington Highlights

    AAMC Provides Comments to ONC on Health IT Proposed Rule


    Phoebe Ramsey, Director, Physician Payment & Quality
    For Media Inquiries

    The AAMC submitted a June 23 comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking, “Health data, Technology, and Interoperability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing” [refer to Washington Highlights, April 14]. 

    Among comments provided, the AAMC generally supported the proposed transition to the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability Version 3 for all certified health IT modules no later than January 2025, though the letter highlighted broader challenges to interoperability beyond necessary data standardization. The association asked the ONC to commit to greater collaboration with federal partners on the regulation of responsible, equitable use of algorithms in health IT and health care delivery. Regarding amendments to the information-blocking regulations, the AAMC supported efforts to clarify foundational definitions to ensure that academic health systems can invest in health IT to improve care delivery for the communities they serve without assuming the role of a “health IT developer” under the rules.