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    September 29, 2020 

    Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of the National Coordinator for Health
    Information Technology
    Hubert H. Humphrey Building
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20201

    Dear Dr. Rucker:

    The undersigned organizations represent the nation’s clinicians, hospitals, health systems and foremost experts in health informatics and health information management. We write to express our steadfast commitment to furthering patient access to their medical records via apps, leveraging application programming interfaces (APIs), enhancing clinician and providers’ access to data within their workflow, and securely sharing medical information electronically so patients and clinicians make informed treatment decisions. Taken together, the health IT provisions contained in the 21st Century Cures Act hold considerable promise in furthering our long-shared goal of achieving widespread interoperability. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to monopolize our members’ time and attention, and has strained resources, drastically limiting our members’ ability to prepare for the November 2nd information blocking deadline.

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