Hospital Association Comments on Health Information Exchanges

The American Hospital Association submitted comments in response to HHS' requests for feedback on how to govern and advance health information exchange, according to an AHA News Now report.

HHS should ensure that governance structure for nationwide health information exchange "builds on existing privacy and security standards and appropriately balance the importance of increasing patient and provider trust in electronic exchange," AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in comments submitted to the agency. Mr. Pollack added that HHS should avoid requirements that "are unduly burdensome for entities that are small or that offer very limited services related to health information exchange."

Additionally, AHA requests that an HHS governance model be voluntary and not linked to regulatory requirements, according to the report.

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