Donald Rucker, who leads the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the agency must balance privacy and accessibility, FierceHealthcare reports. The comments come as the health care industry awaits a decision from the Office of Management and Budget on a proposed rule on information blocking. Rucker told lawmakers in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that the agency must balance privacy and accessibility. He added that he was “extremely optimistic” that provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act would improve interoperability and noted that the agency was focused on creating standards that allow health IT to keep pace with innovation.
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