Article | 10 March 2020
HHS Finalizes Data Sharing Rules
On March 09, 2020, two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies released a pair of final rules regarding patient access to data, data blocking, and interoperability. Initially proposed last year, the rules significantly update how providers, insurers and patients exchange health data and are intended to support seamless and secure access, exchange and use of electronic health information (EHI). In general, the rules require health care providers and insurers to adopt standardized application programming interfaces (APIs), which connect information technology (IT) systems such as electronic health records with third-party apps, and allow individuals to access their EHI through smartphone apps.
The effective dates of these rules are 60 days after the date they are formally published in the Federal Register; however, some requirements have later effective dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022.
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