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ONC Shelves Voluntary “Rules of the Road” Draft Regs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 13, 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has stepped away from plans to set voluntary “rules of the road” for health information exchanges—including guidelines for privacy and security, GovInfoSecurity reports. In a blog post about the shelving of a Nationwide Health Information Exchange Governance Rule, ONC head Farzad Mostashari wrote, “Based on what we heard and our analysis of alternatives, we’ve decided not to continue with the formal rulemaking process at this time and instead implement an approach that provides a means for defining and implementing nationwide trusted exchange with higher agility, and lower likelihood of regret.”
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