By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier
Premier and its members applaud Chairman Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member Patty Murray and members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for their continued efforts to spotlight the need to implement the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures) interoperable health information technology (HIT) provisions. Implementing these measures in a timely and transparent manner is critical to ensuring HIT compatibility with other HIT assets, so that information can, among other things, be easily and securely accessed by authorized frontline healthcare providers in order to provide a holistic view of patient cases.
Supporting the sharing and exchange of health information with other HIT assets and software applications, including the use of third-party applications to encourage the secure exchange of data between with EHRs, is essential to achieving interoperability. To achieve this, there needs to be clear and concise guidance regarding requirements for open application programming interfaces (APIs) and prevention of information blocking.
These actions are crucial if we truly want to transform healthcare data sharing and engagement with the goal of ultimately improving the quality and safety of care across inpatient and outpatient settings, optimizing HIT investments and avoiding the heavy cost burdens associated with one-off solutions.
Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 150,000 other providers and organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.
-By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier