With great fanfare this week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced at the HMISS16 conference that major vendors, providers and industry groups have pledged to not block electronic health information—one of three commitments they made to improve health IT interoperability.

“Currently, electronic health information flows only in pockets of the healthcare system and business practices can inhibit data sharing,” HHS noted in a press release. “The commitments by health IT developers who provide electronic health records to the vast majority of the inpatient market, healthcare systems who serve patients in 46 states, and leading professional associations and stakeholder groups will help lead to a future where electronic health data is shared seamlessly, and is easily accessible when and where it matters most to providers and consumers.”

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