Don Rucker, Don Rucker Darius, DON discussed on POLITICO's Pulse Check
And I'm joined again by Darius tight here are e health reporter who just listened to the conversation that I had with Don Rucker Darius did did the national coordinator for health IT make any news on the health front? Well, it sounds like because of that letter that you mentioned during the interview, it sounds like the, there's been some pushback or pushing a in terms of this data blocking role we discussed, you know, I don't know exactly how the years of government will turn, you know what time line it is, but it does sound like there's a work happening. And so we're interested in hearing the results. And when you say the letter that I mentioned in the letter from the fourteen associations saying, oh, NC has been dragging its heels on accomplishing this info blocking rule. Yeah, yeah, six hundred one days. I think I recall was the figure which is, you know, sounds like a lot of days to me. So is there anything that Don did not say that surprised you perhaps something. He skipped over, didn't go into detail on well. So as I think I mentioned during our first conversation, I was really interested to hear about how they conceive their regulatory indeed regulatory role. He was pretty emphasizing of the deregulatory part, which is an interesting emphasis because one of the biggest proposals that the Trump administration's made on IT has been regulatory. It's been this idea that we could add some sort of interrupt ability criteria to the terms of conditions for participating Medicare, which would be a pretty huge change in his raised some hackles you know, among, for example, hospital groups, one just testified in congress about their opposition to the proposal few weeks back. So. It would be a big change. Be tough change. It'd be a controversial change. So I was interested that he he didn't mention that I asked Don Rucker about what he saw as the big opportunities in challenges ahead for him. What do you see as the reporter tracking this office as the big signposts across the rest of twenty eight teen? Well, I think Rucker was absolutely right that you know API's are a huge effort. One thing he didn't mention during the conversation that I'm tracking pretty closely as is a subject called a patient, matching patron identification. Now, both of us have a little unusual name so we might not run into this problem. But you know, my my girlfriend was actually at a doctor's office and she said that to patients ahead of her had their records merge because they had extremely similar names and extremely similar birth dates. And it's a common problem in the healthcare system where you have people with similar names, who you know their information. You pull the file for, you know, one, you know, Joe Smith and you got the wrong. Joe Smith stayed up and it's been a big problem for the healthcare system as we've gone digital. So they're supposed to be a report from the government accountability office later this year on how solve this problem on how to patient match correctly. And so I'm sort of interested to see how the office is going to navigate some of the regulations, the privacy regulations in this area to both respect patient privacy while also making sure you know the right, Joe Smith's data gets gets matched with with each other. We'll we'll look for your reporting in politico, and we will look to have you back on the political pulse. Check podcast very soon, dearest here. Thank you for joining a conversation. Thanks for having me on. That's it for pulse check today might thanks to Don Rucker, national coordinator for health IT and his team for making time, especially during the interoperability for him and during his tight here, my.