ONC Solicits Input on 10-Year Interoperability Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is looking for stakeholder feedback on its 10-year vision for achieving a nationwide interoperable health IT infrastructure.

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Comments (1)
Hmmm. You mean another govt information regulatory body, like MU on steroids or the Obamacare billion dollar web site; another govt regulatory organization complete with thousands of confusing, ever changing (rules, regulations, penalties and fines. Another regulatory body with a mandate to exist forever ('a "living document" updated with collective input on a regular basis'). This isn't a plan; it's a pogrom.

And it will quickly favor awarding a monopolistic contract to United Health Care's IT consulting division, Optum (which is the son of Ingenix which, while admitting no guilt, was at the center of a price fixing legal action resulting in a $100 million+ fine and reinventing itself as Optum. BTW, since CGI was fired from the Ocare web site, Optum is now the key contractor for the still dysfunctional web site).

We don't need another govt agency pogrom to solve interoperability. All we need is enforcement of anti-trust, restraint of trade against any IT company that establishes barriers to interoperability. But of course we'll have to look to the DOJ for enforcement. But that's another problem.

In any case we must ask the fundamental question: do we really want the govt (specifically the Executive Branch) regulating information in any manner whatsoever ? Do we really want the govt to create an information monopoly ? Do we really need another army of bureaucrats who don't understand innovation but are eager to solicit innovation and then give it to its favored 'big boys' ?

Our govt has absolutely no legacy of success in these endeavors and in fact, its only contributions are excessive costs, delays and greater influence by big established private sector entities that increasingly become govt subsidiaries -- not consumer responsive enterprises.
Posted by mcadger@monoclehealth.com | Friday, August 08 2014 at 10:46AM ET
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