AMIA Offers Input to ONC on Information Blocking

August 6, 2018

The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, regarding a letter to ONC about information blocking:

Information blocking is the absence of interoperability, and there are numerous reasons why information may not flow as intended. Some of these reasons are technical, others for business or policy reasons. The socio-technical interoperability stack is complex and so too is the task of identifying which among it's layers is responsible for information blocking.

This rule must be critically calibrated to account for these layers, and it must be part of a larger conversation about how we will address other aspects of the socio-technical interpretability stack. Now is the time to initiate this broad conversation through release of the proposed information blocking rule.