Proposed rule would force healthcare providers to share records electronically

A new rule proposed by the Trump government could bring the health data of millions of Americans into their own pockets and onto their smartphone whenever they want, free of charge.

The rule– Proposed by the Trump administration in February and out for public comment – would force healthcare providers to provide patients with medical records in a standardized electronic format.

Healthcare providers and others who do not play a ball or "block information" because they are not interoperable with other providers or exchanges would typically incur fines of up to $ 1 million.

"We believe it will be a transformation when it comes to serving you on your own terms and not on other people's conditions," Dr. Don Rucker, National Health Technology Information Coordinator, on Wednesday at one event organized by Nextgov,

The rule is the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act of the Trump Administration, which the Congress passed in 2016. Often, patients face a difficult and sometimes costly experience in accessing their own health records, in part because competing healthcare companies run a variety of proprietary platforms and technologies.

"What Congress wants is that we have our medical records on our smartphones so we can have our medical records, we can take them with them, we can buy care, we can take care of our care," said Rucker. "We change the paradigm to blame you for your health record."

In a recent op Published in assetsWhite House Chief Adviser Jared Kushner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, and White House Political Co-ordinating Chief of Staff Chris Liddell wrote, "If completed in its present form, this rule will add extra 85 million patients ensured access to their healthcare information in a standardized digital format. "

The rule, along with other policy changes led by Medicare and Medicaid's Health and Human Services departments, could help create a new ecosystem of personalized health applications. While the rule requires health data to be exchanged between providers and patients in a secure format, Rucker said that in the not-too-distant future, users may need to be careful about which applications they have access to their personal health information.

"The reality is that these smartphones are very powerful and all sorts of things will happen here," said Rucker. "I think that in the future, as a society, we will have to do a lot more individual judgment, in this case in the entire apps space. Your personal mobile phone uniquely identifies you from everyone else on the planet. As a country and a world, we need to clarify the matter of privacy. "