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DUBLIN, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Electronic Health Information Exchange Market” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report examines the technology, technology providers, and market trends in Electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE) services.

This report evaluates the current industry trends in HIE products and services. It also identifies the key vendors and their strategies. The report also answers the basic questions: What is an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR)?, What is an EHR database?, and Why is there a need for an HIE?

Simply stated, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. While many leading companies are increasingly moving towards digital retention of records via EHR databases, information is typically available only within a closed system. In other words, medical facilities that are not part of the same group often cannot exchange data between their EHR systems.

To address this

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Information-blocking compliance date is a looming challenge for the healthcare industry

U.S. hospitals and physician practices — still coping with the logistic and financial pressures of managing care during the Covid-19 pandemic — now must quickly ramp up efforts to meet information-blocking compliance requirements that are slated to go into effect in only a few weeks.

As of late September, rules currently in place would set a November 2 deadline for the industry to achieve compliance with key provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. However, federal agencies are reviewing a potential rule that would push back the deadline to a later date, giving the industry more time to achieve compliance.

Even if it’s delayed, the industry will face challenges, as well as additional costs, in eventually meeting the requirements that the new regulations spell out.

Originally released in March by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the rules seek to ensure that healthcare information

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Compliance With 2 New Health Data Regs: Avoiding Pitfalls

As the compliance dates approach for the Department of Health and Human Services’ information blocking and health IT interoperability final rules, organizations need to avoid potential pitfalls, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.

The two rules, issued earlier this year by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, implement the interoperability, secure health data exchange and patient access to records provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Potential Challenges

For healthcare provider organizations, compliance with the new regulation prohibiting the blocking of healthcare providers sharing patients’ health information will be particularly difficult, predicts Greene, a partner at law firm Davis Wright Tremaine who’s a former senior adviser at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA.

“I can’t overestimate how big of a challenge it is to implement this,” he says. “For decades … we’ve been told ‘don’t disclose medical

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