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Healthcare has been through the first wave of a digital revolution, bringing health information technology to a wide range of care settings.
What’s next though could be truly transformative, according to Dr. Donald Rucker, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS. Rucker says that by embracing the smartphone and application programing interfaces—APIs—healthcare can put the power of information and data in a patient’s hands, where it belongs.
Rucker’s office, along with the CMS, have put forward regulatory proposals that aim to propel the industry’s sluggish pace of information exchange. The agencies have two straightforward goals: open up data to empower patients and other providers to explore new ways of delivering care and put a stop to the practice of data-blocking. This, says Rucker, will inevitably lead to market transformation.
Don Rucker, MD
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
HHS Office of the Secretary
Dr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, comes to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from the Ohio State University where he was Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Informatics and Premise Health, a worksite clinic provider, where he served as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Rucker started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world's first Microsoft Windows based electronic medical record. He then served as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA. Dr. Rucker led the team that designed the computerized provider order entry workflow that, as installed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award for the best hospital computer system in the US. Dr. Rucker has served terms on the Board of Commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and Medicare's Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and has extensive policy experience representing healthcare innovations before Congress, MedPAC and HHS.
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