HHS finalizes interoperability rules to permit patient access to health data

March 13, 2020
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by Danielle Bradnan
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published interoperability guidelines in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act. These guidelines, despite contestation by major players in the electronic health record space, now require that patients be able to access their own data via a smartphone API. While opponents have claimed that patients have had access to their records for years, this "accessibility" is largely nonexistent. Having the ability to access and control their data is a critical step for patients to be able to manage their own care, and clients should be looking for ways to support self-managed care by investing in technologies like digital therapeutics and chronic care management platforms.

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