Electronic Health Records

Data Blocking

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

August 7, 2018 - Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation was enacted in December 2016. In a recent letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD, and HHS Inspector General...

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Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote...

Communication, Health Data Exchange Lags Between Hospitals, PCPs

by Kate Monica

Hospitals need to increase health data exchange and communication with primary care providers (PCPs) to improve care coordination, boost patient health outcomes, and reduce hospital readmission rates, according to former CMS official and...

California Looks to Support Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The California Health & Human Services Agency’s Office of Health Information Integrity includes a litany of use cases in the recently published State Health Information Guidance to illustrate numerous instance where sharing...

Why ONC Seeks New Authorities Over Health Data Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Increases in EHR adoption and the growth of EHR use since the passing of the law creating the EHR Incentive Programs and defining the authorities of the Office of the National Coordinator require Congress to provide the federal agency with...

4 Barriers Limiting EHR Use, Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite increases in physician EHR use over the past few years, four major barriers remain in the way of future advancements in health IT adoption. This is one of several takeaways from a recent report to Congress by the Office of the...

How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the...



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