The US Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT released the highly anticipated Cures Act Final Rule earlier this month amid sweeping health policy changes resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine and health IT support has been the focus of intense regulatory overhaul that increases accessibility, integrity, and confidentiality. We need reliable health IT in order to deliver affordable, accessible, and high quality care to all, especially in rapid response to catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and global pandemics.
The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule addresses three stakeholder groups; patients, health care providers, and health IT developers. Advocacy groups from all disciplines weighed in on these changes like HIMSS, AMA, etc.
These advances are made possible by a federal 3rd-party certification process for Health IT Developers and their products. OmniLife’s TXP Chat v2 was certified earlier this month and is now shown on the Certified Health IT Products List on the ONC website.
All Health IT Developers that are serious about serving the industry, patients, and providers need to achieve this certification and maintain interoperability with other services. Interoperability allows for critical information to be accessed by providers and patients at the right time from any website, mobile app, etc. they choose to use.