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Stakeholders on ONC rules
March 12, 2020

Stakeholders Focus on Information Blocking in ONC Final Rule

A new regulation requiring greater data sharing in healthcare was just released Monday, and, despite its 1,200 pages in length, stakeholders are already reacting positively to it.

The final interoperability and information blocking rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) focuses on two key provisions: requiring health systems to implement Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources-based APIs so that data can be shared with apps of a patient’s choosing, and defining exceptions when withholding data does not constitute information blocking or the unreasonable interference of sharing health data.

In particular, stakeholders are applauding ONC’s work outlining details around information sharing, including what information has to be shared and when it’s OK not to share information. The regulation aims to open up communication between healthcare systems, EHR vendors and patients.

Healthcare CIOs will need to pay attention to the timelines ONC has laid out for compliance. Providers, health IT developers and health information networks will have to comply in limited fashion with the information blocking provisions within six months after the rule is officially published to the Federal Register.

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Originally published by Mackenzie Holland, Tech Target Search Health IT, March 12, 2020.