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Health Information Blocking Proposal Under Review

Sept. 18, 2018, 1:28 PM

A long-awaited proposal designed to free up the electronic exchange of health-care information is under review by the government.

The White House Office of Management and Budget received a proposed rule (RIN 0955-AA01) Sept. 17 from the Health and Human Services Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that would define and prohibit information blocking by health system IT networks.

Ending information blocking is key to the HHS goal of a national health-care data exchange that would greatly facilitate the electronic transfer of patient records between doctors and health plans.

Information blocking occurs when a health system’s...

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