HHS rule goes into effect after pushback from Epic, Amazon

Health IT companies that supply artificial intelligence to health systems must meet new federal transparency requirements starting Feb. 8.

ONC's HTI-1 final rule went into effect, requiring that certified health IT developers provide clinical users a "consistent, baseline set of information" about their decision-making algorithms and their "fairness, appropriateness, validity, effectiveness, and safety." ONC-certified developers support care at over 96% of hospitals and 78% of office-based physicians, according to the HHS division.

Some companies, including Epic, Amazon and Google, opposed the drafted rule, but national health IT coordinator Micky Tripathi, PhD, called the public participation and feedback "tremendous." The rule also adopts updated interoperability standards and reporting metrics and enhanced information-blocking requirements.

"ONC continues its important work to build healthcare's digital foundation, make interoperability easier, and ensure that digital information and tools are being appropriately used to support patient access and to improve the health and well-being of all Americans," Dr. Tripathi said in a December news release.

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