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ONC Information Blocking report to Congress

Published on Apr 17, 2015 by Ken Stevens

Available evidence and ONC’s experience suggest that certain business, technical, and organizational
practices are inherently likely to interfere with the exchange of electronic health information in ways that
raise these serious information blocking concerns. These practices include but are not limited to:


  • Contract terms, policies, or other business or organizational practices that restrict individuals’ access to their electronic health information or restrict the exchange or use of that information for treatment and other permitted purposes.
  • Charging prices or fees (such as for data exchange, portability, and interfaces) that make exchanging and using electronic health information cost prohibitive.
  • Developing or implementing health IT in non-standard ways that are likely to substantially increase the costs, complexity, or burden of sharing electronic health information, especially when relevant interoperability standards have been adopted by the Secretary.
  • Developing or implementing health IT in ways that are likely to “lock in” users or electronic health information; lead to fraud, waste, or abuse; or impede innovations and advancements in health information exchange and health IT-enabled care delivery.


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