FierceHealthcare – The Department of Health and Human Services, along with 15 other federal agencies, has issued a six-month delay to an Obama-era rule that provides health informatics researchers with greater access to electronic health record (EHR) and patient-reported data.
HHS posted the interim final rule (PDF) to the Federal Register on Wednesday, just days before updates to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, known as the Common Rule, were scheduled to take effect. The updates were issued as a final rule during President Barack Obama’s last days in office with a Jan. 19, 2018 implementation date. But a regulatory freeze issued by the Trump administration left the rule in limbo.
However, the notice also left open the possibility the rule could be delayed past July, noting that federal agencies are "in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements." In October, the Office of Management and Budget was reviewing a HHS proposal to delay Common Rule updates for one year.
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