Letter on Proposed Rule for Health IT Technology
RE: RIN 0991–AB82 Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 edition; Revisions to the permanent certification program for Health Information Technology
Dear Dr. Mostashari:
Intel appreciates this opportunity to comment on the proposed rule for health information technology: standards, implementation, specifications, and certification for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 edition: Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology. As Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services have recognized, the adoption of EHRs is a necessary but insufficient step toward improving the quality and efficiency of the health care system. Timely, secure access, and sharing of patient data must be an underlying foundation to support new, more integrated models of care. Combined with required decision support and collaborative workflow tools, data exchange will dramatically improve the quality and sustainability of care in the United States. We look forward to working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to refine the proposed rule to achieve the goals that ONC has established for our nation’s health care system.