Prep Your Practice for the 21st Century Cures Act

With endless information at our fingertips, patients now want access to their health record information. To give patients more transparency, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) gave the final ruling on the 21st Century Cures Act, on May 20, 2020. This rule directly impacts healthcare providers, patients, and health IT developers.

The new rule aims to give patients better, more meaningful access to their health records by eliminating information blocking—any activity or policy that is likely to interfere with access, exchange, or use of electronic health information, except as required by law or covered by one of the exceptions defined by the ONC.

The compliance date for the information blocking provision is November 2, 2020, pending any updates from the ONC. So, what does this mean for eyecare providers like you? Upon request, you will need to give patients access to information within their electronic health record without charge. This includes access to the following:

  • Consultation notes
  • Discharge summary notes
  • History and physical
  • Imaging narratives/interpretation
  • Laboratory report narratives/interpretation
  • Pathology report narratives/interpretation
  • Procedure notes
  • Progress notes

If health care providers, health IT developers, exchanges, and networks refuse to comply they will face appropriate disincentives, as established by the ONC.  However, there are permissible exceptions to the information blocking rules that can be found in the ONC Information Blocking Exceptions Fact Sheet.

Eyefinity makes compliance easy by investing time and resources into making Eyefinity EHR and Eyefinity Practice Management HIPAA-compliant, safe, and secure. Eyefinity’s cloud-based software improves the convenience and accessibility of patient health records by giving providers and patients the ability to access information anywhere, anytime.

Complying with the information blocking provision in Eyefinity EHR is as easy as giving your patient access to the Eyefinity EHR patient portal. Once they are in the online portal, patients can see all finalized exam notes in the past appointments tab.

With Eyefinity’s cloud-based software, providers can rest assured that patient records are protected with built-in backup, recovery, and storage on Amazon Web Services (AWS)—the most secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud computing platform available.

As government regulations continue to evolve, it’s important that your optometric software and practice remain up to date. Don’t have Eyefinity’s cloud-based software? Discover the benefits here!

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