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HHS Called on to Eliminate Health Information Blocking

A coalition of stakeholders seeks a more focused approach to ending health information blocking to improve interoperability at HHS.

Health Information Blocking

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By Kate Monica

- A coalition of healthcare stakeholders convened by Health IT Now called HHS and its departments to eliminate information blocking so that providers can effectively aggregate patient EHRs and advance interoperability.

The letter from organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AMIA, DirectTrust, and athenahealth requested HHS issue a proposed rule that takes existing laws, standardization, patient health data access, and other complicating factors into consideration.

Undersigned organizations drew up the recommendations during an information blocking workgroup summit hosted by Health IT Now on July 25, 2017.

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