The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has published the final rule intended to move the health care ecosystem in the direction of interoperability to improve quality and accessibility of information. The rule implements the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act in an effort to further support access and exchange of electronic health information.
Addressing Interoperability and Information Blocking
The ONC Final Rule identifies and finalizes the reasonable and necessary activities that do not constitute information blocking while establishing new rules to prevent “information blocking” practices (e.g., anti-competitive behaviors)
The ONC final rule also requires electronic health records to provide the clinical data necessary, including core data classes and elements, to promote new business models of care.
Unleashing Innovation & Patient Access
ONC’s final rule establishes secure, standards-based application programming interface (API) requirements to support a patient’s access and control of their electronic health information.