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Rejecting Legit Health Data Requests Is About to Get Harder

Dec. 17, 2018, 10:51 AM

A pending federal proposal to free up the exchange of health-care data is likely to lead to costly hassles for hospitals, industry stakeholders told Bloomberg Law.

Hospitals and their electronic health record vendors sometimes restrict the electronic exchange of patient data with other institutions. They do this for a variety of reasons—fear of losing the patient, privacy concerns, or technology mismatches.

The proposed rule will flesh out the statutory definition of “information blocking,” which current law says should be kept to a minimum, and include details on the limited occasions when such blocking is allowed.

Its specifics are unknown, but...

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