The end of information blocking is here.
Earlier this year, the national coordinator for health IT petitioned Congress to help put an end to information blocking* to secure information exchange. This may beg the question, “What exactly is ‘information blocking’ and what does it mean for me?”
The Department of Health and Human Services defines information blocking as “when persons or entities knowingly and unreasonably interfere with the exchange or use of electronic health information. These practices undermine efforts to advance the use of information and technology to improve health and healthcare.” In short, information blocking keeps healthcare professionals
from putting EHR data to use.1
Today, only one-quarter of physicians report sharing patient health information electronically with outside providers.2 The end of information blocking is here, and it’s time to get ready for secure information exchange.