The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a new website devoted to the Cures Act final rule. The Cures Act rule introduced new certification requirements for developers of health information technology, regarding (i) export of electronic health information (EHI) to respond to patient access requests and to support health care providers that transition from one electronic health record to another, and (ii) standardized application programming interfaces (APIs). The rule also prohibits information blocking, which is defined as a practice by a health IT developer, a provider, and certain other parties to interfere with access, use or exchange of EHI.
The site contains a timeline of enforcement dates under the final rule, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding information blocking. When the information blocking rules come into effect on April 5, 2021, persons affected by information blocking practices will be able to report it on the ONC website.