The ONC regulations provide a host of actions to make sure that EHRs can share more information using a FHIR standard between providers, payers, and patients. Apps will access patient medical data using FHIR, which will span across data requested from hospitals, ambulatory providers, and payers.
As we have mentioned in a note before, the regulations only require EHRs to output data – read-only access. Providers do not need to create write capabilities. Do you have an app that will help with medication reconciliation? It will be able to listen but can't speak back to your EHR. Do you have a new medical risk prediction algorithm? It will be able to fetch data to make predictions, but it won't be able to flag the patient in the EHR or share clinical decision support.
Although the Rule's impact is read-only, patients will be able to get their information on their phones and laptops and use third-party applications to visualize and understand that data. Expectations at a glance:
- EHR vendors will have to enable the export of electronic health information for a single patient's data
- Vendors will also have to enable an export of all patient records when a health care provider is switching health IT systems
- Patient's health records should be accessible from any platform at any time