October 17, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team
FAH Responds to Request for Information on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program
The FAH submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the Request for Information on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program. The FAH expressed appreciate for the agency’s efforts to improve interoperability and offered suggestions for ONC’s implementation of the EHR Reporting Program, including revising the focus of the Program and improving the Certified Health IT Products List (CHPL) website.
Rather than a comparative, “consumer reports” model, the FAH recommended that the Program would be most impactful by focusing on a robust, collaborative post-acquisition/post-implementation health IT surveillance and improvement model. The FAH also noted that ONC could reduce the burdens of a health IT surveillance program by ensuring it is voluntary for health care providers, that providers are offered incentives to participate, and utilizing data that can be generated and reported automatically by health IT systems.
The FAH also offered improvements to the CHPL website for health IT consumers, such as: requiring health IT vendors to list the geographic locations and provider types where they have already integrated around health information exchanges (HIEs) so that those acquiring, upgrading, or customizing health IT can leverage work that has already been done; and requiring vendors to provide information on the costs associated with health IT upgrades and interfaces so that consumers have some insight into the costs associated with maintenance and use of their health IT tools. The FAH encouraged ONC to conduct listening sessions with providers for additional ides to improve the CHPL website.
The complete letter can be found here.