Cures Act

Cures Act

It is thought that patients receive the best healthcare when they’re proactive. Unfortunately, many people run into obstacles when attempting to access their medical records which can impede this proactivity. These documents are crucial for receiving quality treatment, preventing medication errors, and informing patients to the current state of their health.  

The 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed in 2016 but only recently went into effect, aims to improve the way patients access their health information. Both patients and medical providers should understand how it works, what it means, and how it will affect the healthcare industry going forward.

What Is the Cures Act?

The Cures Act promotes interoperability, meaning that information can flow freely from one place to another. When it comes to patient health records, interoperability allows patients to easily access information from hospitals and health clinics electronically.  

Discouraging information blocking is another essential aspect of the legislation. Information blocking occurs when a person or organization discourages patients from accessing information they’re authorized to view, through interference or prevention. Information blocking can be performed by multiple organizations within the healthcare industry, including medical providers, IT companies, information networks, and information exchanges.

What Impact Does the Cures Act Have on Medical Providers?

In order for medical providers to be compliant with the Cures Act, they must:
  • Provide easy, low-cost access to patient records
  • Accept a wide range of healthcare apps used to access information
  • Be vigilant about information blocking and take steps to prevent it
  • Balance the patient’s right to access their information with their right to privacy
By taking the above steps, hospitals and clinics empower patients to play a greater role in their care. Easy access to records allows people to have the information they need to tailor their lifestyle choices accordingly. They can also share this information with others, including family caregivers.

How Can I Easily Access My Healthcare Records?

With so many methods of accessing medical records available today it can be challenging to find the best app for your needs. Fortunately, the DrOwl app is user friendly, featuring a personal health portal containing your health history.  You you can see your medications, view test results, and review past procedures you’ve undergone.

If you’d like more information on the DrOwl app and how it works, please contact us. We’re happy to walk you through the process and explain the many benefits it has to help you better manage your health.