Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on everyone, and the healthcare industry is finding itself only weeks away from the Nov. 2 start date for when federal rules governing information blocking go into effect. With trying to manage patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, any oversight might be understandable – but absent any last-minute reprieve, provider organizations will be responsible for compliance, says Chelsea Wyatt, a principal in the informatics and technology practice of The Chartis Group, an advisory firm specializing in healthcare. Attaining compliance will be difficult and potentially costly for many organizations, but improving patients’ ability to access their health information could become a competitive advantage for those organizations that see this initiative as a strategic opportunity, she believes. Research is indicating that patients highly value access to their data in order to manage their care, and will favor organizations that give them easy access to their records. In this episode of healthsystemCIO’s Partner Perspective Series, Wyatt talks with Editor-In-Chief Anthony Guerra about these compliance challenges.
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