Cures Act Information Blocking

With an October 6, 2022 deadline looming, a group of hospitals and medical associations is making a last-minute plea for HHS to delay the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking Rule for one more year.

Passed as part of the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, the rule is intended to encourage innovation in medical research and expand patients’ control over their protected health information (PHI). To accomplish this goal, the definition of electronic health information (EHI) that providers must share with patients in a timely and affordable fashion will expand.

The expansion of the definition is expected to improve healthcare data interoperability in the hope that it will ease the flow of electronic health information, among developers, between providers and patients, providers and EHR vendors, etc.

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