The following statement is attributable to:
Bobby Mukkamala, M.D.
President-elect, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) appreciates the Biden administration’s work to clarify privacy protections applicable to reproductive health care information by including a new information blocking exception in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) proposed Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability (HTI-2) Rule released today. Through the new Protecting Care Access Exception, ONC has taken steps to provide physicians and patients with more certainty about information blocking practices and when it is appropriate to decline to share an individual’s reproductive health care-related information. Creating this exception in full alignment with HIPAA is a positive step. The AMA also agrees with ONC about the importance of addressing the changes in the legal landscape that have created uncertainties for many patients seeking—and for health care providers providing—reproductive health care. The AMA is grateful our concerns were heard, and we look forward to continuing to work with ONC and across HHS to ensure that information sharing policies protect a patient’s personal health care information and preserve trust in our health care system.”

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