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ONC Reports Health IT Exchange Often Blocked

In a report released last week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) told Congress that some IT developers and providers are deliberately interfering with the exchange of electronic health information in ways that limit its availability and its potential to improve health and health care. ONC officials outlined a series of steps that federal agencies are considering, including new rules to discourage the blocking of health record sharing, referring any illegal business practices to law enforcement agencies and coordinating with the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to deter interference with record transfers.