3 key issues to watch as information blocking ban goes into effect

Fierce Health

Heather Landi

In a few days, a new regulation goes into effect that will give patients unprecedented access to their healthcare information in much the same way they already manage their finances or travel information.

The rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) requires health IT vendors, providers and health information exchanges to enable patients to access and download their health records with third-party apps. Under the rule, providers can't inhibit the access, exchange or use of health information unless the data fall within eight exceptions.

Here are three key issues to keep an eye on as the information blocking rule goes into effect:

1. Enforcement: The information blocking ban lacks teeth, for now.

A year ago, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released...

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