Data blocking and decertification of electronic health records continue to be a hot topic of debate in federal policy circles. Some see decertification of EHR products that block data sharing as a lever for promoting interoperability of health information technology industry-wide. Others worry of unintended consequences.

Congress has urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to use its authority to certify only those EHR products that clearly meet current meaningful use program standards and that do not block health information exchange. In addition, lawmakers are pressing ONC to take steps to decertify EHR products that proactively block the sharing of information.

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