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USA: Interoperability rules for patient data enter into force

The Office of the National Coordinator ('ONC') for Health Information Technology announced, on 5 April 2021, that the final rules established to implement the 21st Century Cures Act had come into force, having been postponed in response to COVID-19. In particular, the rules set out obligations in terms of interoperability, information blocking, and the ONC Health IT certification program, which apply to health care providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, and health information networks and exchanges. Furthermore, the ONC highlighted that, through the Cures Act, there are penalties for those who engage in practices that interfere with the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information.

You can read the press release here.