The latest draft of the 21st Century Cures Act, forwarded to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration next week, includes language to advance health IT interoperability by decertifying electronic health records products that block information sharing.

Among other provisions, the bill directs the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to certify only EHR products that meet meaningful use program standards and that do not block health information exchange.  Conversely, starting Jan. 1, 2019, the proposed legislation states that ONC should take steps to decertify EHR products that block sharing.

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