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Ignorance of Information Blocking Rule

Do you know what Information Blocking is in context of the 21st Century Cures Act? Is your health system compliant?

If this recent survey is any indication, you don't and you may not even care.


70% of participants in the Life Image survey said they were aware of the rules going into effect, up to half reported noncompliant practices – including charging patients fees to obtain records or sharing records via paper or CDs.

Nearly half of respondents said they had either not made any changes or did not know how to ensure their facility met requirements.

Two-thirds of the healthcare organization said they still used paper for healthcare data, and 32% used CDs.

And 39% did not know they risked civil monetary penalties for information blocking practices, and 15% currently charge $25 or more for patients to obtain records.

Nearly half – 48% – said they were not aware of practices that would be considered "information blocking."


Patient centered interoperability is the single most important advancement in health IT in the past decade. This is law by way of the 21st Century Cures Act and clarified in rules drafted by ONC.

Do we really not know?

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