ONC Needs to Address HTI-1’s Burdens on Healthcare Providers, Health IT Developers

By David Bucciferro, Chair, EHR Association

While the EHR Association has long supported the goals of ONC’s proposed rule to advance interoperability, improve transparency, and support further access, exchange, and use of EHI, we have several serious concerns about the impact HTI-1 (ONC’s Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing Proposed Rule) will have on the industry if finalized as proposed. 

Among the most significant are the insufficient implementation timeframes associated with various concepts included in HTI-1 and a failure to accurately consider the significant burden compliance would place on both provider organizations and health IT developers. Vendors need more time than proposed in HTI-1 to accommodate the substantial lift required to deliver safe, compliant, and high-quality versions of their certified products – 18-24 months is the commonly accepted necessary timeframe – while providers need sufficient time to implement, test and become proficient on that upgraded software. 


Electronic Health Record Association Announces FY23 Leadership and Priorities

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association announced the results of its annual Executive Committee elections for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The EHR Association is a trade association of 30 companies that serve most of the nation’s hospitals and ambulatory care organizations using electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information and technology to deliver high-quality, efficient care to their patients.

David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor at Foothold Technology-Radicle Health, was elected Chair of the Executive Committee, which establishes the Association’s guiding principles and develops and implements strategic plans. William Hayes, MD, Chief Medical Officer at CPSI, was elected Vice Chair.

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