Study Indicates Majority of EHR Vendors are Engaging in Information Blocking Practices

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Information blocking by electronic health record (EHR) vendors is still highly prevalent, despite recent policymaking that prohibits information blocking practices, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

To identify the extent of the problem, the researchers conducted a national survey of health information exchange organizations (HIEs). HIEs were chosen as they are directly connected to EHR vendors and health systems and are therefore in an ideal position to assess interoperability and data sharing.

86 out of the 106 HIEs that met the qualification criteria responded and answered three questions:

How often do EHR vendors and health systems practice information blocking?
How are these information blocking practices conducted?
What is the impact of local market competitiveness on information blocking behavior?
A majority of HIEs (55%) reported...

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