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After White House interoperability meeting, AMIA’s CEO sees research carve-out in upcoming regulations

December 05, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

A White House-hosted meeting of the minds on interoperability on Tuesday afternoon featured a broad range of industry stakeholders including health IT associations, big tech companies, payers, providers and regulators. The event included comments from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, White House Advisor Jared Kushner and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT lead Donald Rucker, M.D. Each focused on the federal government’s concerted effort to put healthcare data in the hands of consumers. But American Medical Informatics Association President and CEO Douglas Fridsma, M.D, Ph.D., said in addition to the emphasis on patient access, there appears to be more room for researchers as well. Fridsma referenced Rucker’s focus on a “learning health system” and “bulk access to population health level data” alongside Verma’s emphasis on making Medicare and Medicaid data readily available to researcher...