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  • Within ONC’s focus of medical and public health data-sharing and interoperability has been the work to connect systems to address COVID-19. ONC has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to drive a data-driven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tripathi said, building off an experience of connecting public health data systems and infrastructure by identifying gaps throughout the process.
  • Another Cures Act element that Tripathi focused on is the information-blocking rule that ONC finalized on April 5. Since the provisions have gone into effect, ONC has been working on outreach to health information exchanges, providers and IT developers to educate them in information-blocking, and the agency is working with the Office of Inspector General to shape respective enforcement.

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