In February, a bill that included the provisions of the TRUST IT Act was passed
by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, of which Cassidy is a member of.
Further, Walton touched on information blocking, also a part of the, TRUST IT Act, as it would require health IT vendors
to attest if they are engaging in nefarious information blocking or not. He noted that there are business incentives in the marketplace that exist that would lead vendors
to not open their systems and share data in order to get the most out of their market share. "It's not nefarious in every case, but in many ways it's how business practices happen," Walton said. "Folks are also concerned that if they share information from another vendor, there are security implications. You're talking about highly sensitive information. This has really become a hot topic on the Hill, so we want vendors
to attest they won't engage in nefarious information blocking. If they're not doing it, it won't be a big issue," Walton said, adding that there is sensitivity around how you define information blocking, but penalties of some sort would be necessary.
Walton concluded by praising the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) for finally moving in the right direction, referencing the new governmental focus on measuring outcomes rather than processes, something that CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt has recently prioritized
. "MACRA [the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015] is our ability to do that, to change from the status quo," Walton said. "We now have the technology and the capability to measure outcomes."