• Google launched a program on Monday aimed at hospitals and other health organizations that need to achieve interoperability before Trump administration deadlines expire.
• According to a blog post on Monday.
• It is also designed to help payers and providers comply with upcoming federal regulations by CMS and the Office of the National Health Informatics Coordinator that ban isolated data health organizations, the company said.
Coronavirus infection has recognized the need for a well-designed national IT system for health. Despite this urgency, data is often still archived, in part due to established business interests defending their territory.
According to the blog of Aashima Gupta, global director of strategy and solutions for Google Cloud Health, the new program from Google connects tools from the Mountain View, California-based company, with which healthcare organizations can unlock their data with each other and with patients and Amit Zavery, Vice President, Enterprise Application Platform at Google Cloud.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration passed two general rules designed to help patients gain unhindered access to their electronic health records while opening up information sharing across the healthcare ecosystem. However, the current deadlines for compliance with the two rules implementing the articles of the Law on Remedies of the 21st Century, adopted in 2016, have been postponed twice this year to free up resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, hospitals should be able to share certain types of medical data with other providers by April 2021, compared to November 1st this year. The ONC has postponed the requirements and maintenance dates for the certification regulations, which require EHR platforms to be integrated with third-party applications and other systems, to April.
Vendors and other stakeholders need to introduce standardized application programming interfaces, software that allows multiple IT systems to send and exchange information by December 2022, and to export electronic health information by December 2023.
Hospitals thanked the federal government for the delay, although some cyber health experts noted that more fluid data sharing could help the US coordinate its response to the pandemic. According to Google Cloud, some healthcare customers were not ready to meet the new requirements even though compliance dates were postponed.
In 2018, Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Salesforce signed a pledge to support interoperability and data exchange standards for healthcare, which was renewed in 2019. In April, Google made the Cloud Healthcare API available to the entire industry to optimize healthcare systems and other providers to securely share data and coordinate their coronavirus response efforts.
This API is available to healthcare organizations through the company’s new interoperability program as well as other tools including HealthAPIx Accelerator, a model for interoperability implementation activities, and Apigee API Management, a build and scale tool. Standardized APIs and the distribution of other digital products.
Tech companies see significant growth potential in the healthcare industry, an industry that still relies on paper faxes to convey sensitive information. However, many have faced significant controversy over how they obtain and manage patient health data. For its part, Google is currently facing an investigation by the HHS Civil Rights Bureau that began late last year after the personal health information of millions of Americans provided by health giant Ascension was used to develop new lines of health products without consent from the Patient.