Understanding Information Blocking Rules

The 21st Century Cures Act is intended to give patients better, more meaningful access to their health information and enable providers to access and exchange patient health information. The result, it is hoped, will be greater transparency and reduced administrative costs. If you can imagine an app that were able to gather your health information from all of your various healthcare providers, process that information, and give you a more comprehensive view of your health that you could then share with other healthcare providers, you can begin to see the goals that information blocking provisions are meant to achieve.

To this end, information blocking refers to any activity or policy that is likely to interfere with access, exchange, or use of electronic health information, except as required by law or covered by one of the exceptions listed below. A healthcare provider may be considered to be information blocking if they know they are placing unreasonable barriers to or interfere with the access, use, or exchange of electronic health information.

Information blocking rules apply to health IT developers like Eyefinity, health information exchanges, and healthcare providers like you. The information on this site focuses on what you need to know about information blocking rules as a healthcare provider.

If you have questions about information blocking rules, visit the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Information Blocking FAQs page.