In a letter to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Donald Rucker, HIMSS provided feedback to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement public comment.
HIMSS offers its commitment to assisting ONC with the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act and to supporting and educating all stakeholders to achieve widespread interoperability leading to information exchange that improves the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery.
HIMSS notes that ONC should utilize, reference, and validate existing trust frameworks and recognize that these may have different elements based on varying use cases, goals, and participants. ONC should focus on identifying and facilitating a sufficient set of private sector trust agreements and facilitate coordination where needed rather than specifying a single overarching framework and eliminating variations across existing agreements. This reasonable approach to implementing the framework should emphasize the necessity of measurement in improving interoperability, and these data are needed to help guide improvement.