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The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Cures Act prevents patients’ electronic health information information blocking practices, and the provider compliance deadline is April 5th. The rule is designed to give patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information, and includes a provision requiring that patients can electronically access all of their electronic health information at no cost. To access the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule fact sheets, click HERE.
Information blocking (info blocking) can occur in many forms. Providers may experience info blocking when trying to access patient records from:
Patients may experience info blocking when trying to access their medical records, or when sending their records to another provider.
Examples of Info Blocking Practices:
Section 4004 of the Cures Act specifies certain practices that could constitute information blocking:
The AMA has also released information sheets to assist health care provider organizations.