The Health and Human Services Department has received nearly 300 complaints of healthcare entities allegedly blocking access to patient data since new regulations that required such information exchange went into effect last year, according to data released Monday.
Beginning in April 2021, the first phase of a data-sharing rule from HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology went into effect, which requires healthcare providers, health information exchanges and developers of health IT certified by an ONC program to share data with patients and one another if requested, unless they meet one of eight exceptions.
The rule, a provision of the 21st Century Cures Act, is expected to force a "culture change" in healthcare, ONC chief Micky Tripathi said last year, by establishing data-sharing—and not restricting data—as the norm.
Since the rule went into effect April 5 through the end of January 2022, ONC has received 274 complaints that contained claims of possible information blocking through the agency's public reporting portal. The top type of organization accused of alleged information blocking was healthcare providers, accounting for more than three-quarters of complaints at 211.