With endless amount of information at our fingertips, it’s important for both patients and providers to have secure access to patient records when they need it. On May 20, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) gave the final ruling on the 21st Century Cures Act, directly impacting 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 provisions are April 5, 2021, pending any additional updates by the ONC.
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.
Complying with the Information Blocking Provision in Eyefinity EHR
Eyefinity’s cloud-based software improves the convenience and accessibility of patient health records by giving providers and patients the ability to securely access information anywhere, anytime.
Abiding by the information blocking provision in Eyefinity EHR is as simple as giving your patient access to the patient portal. Once patients are in the online portal, they can see your finalized exam notes in the past appointments tab.
With Eyefinity’s cloud-based software, providers can also 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.
Practice Technology Built to Withstand the Test of Times
As technology standards have quickly evolved, we continue to make it our priority to ensure our optometric software solutions work for your practice. We invest time and resources so that Eyefinity EHR and Eyefinity Practice Management are always HIPAA-compliant, safe, and secure.
We have teams dedicated to monitoring and communicating new government mandates, so that we can plan and implement these changes for our providers with the least amount of disruption. To ensure that our cloud-based practice management and EHR software is always up to date, we automatically install security and regulatory software enhancements, so you don’t have to set time aside or hire outside IT assistance.
We know how important compliance is to you, which is why we continue to deliver innovative solutions that help practices, like yours easily adapt to change.
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