Voluntary national standards, including privacy and security guidelines, for health information exchanges are inching forward. Federal authorities soon will seek comments on plans for a Nationwide Health Information Network Governance Rule.
A new committee will update and create policy measures designed to protect personal health information that's shared using a dozen health information exchanges in New York that are being linked in a statewide exchange.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team, which advises federal healthcare regulators, likely will not meet again until after a batch of new regulations is released in the first quarter, says co-chair Deven McGraw.
The American Health Information Management Association plans to work with various states next year to move toward more uniform privacy and security requirements that are in synch with federal requirements, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, AHIMA's new CEO.
After hearing objections from hospitals and physicians about a proposed "opt-in" approach to obtaining patient consent for health information exchange, the Maine legislature has passed a rewritten measure that spells out rules for an "opt-out" approach.
Privacy advocates in Maine are supporting a proposed state law that would require patients opt in to participate in the state's health information exchange before clinicians can access their records via the HIE.
Health information exchange (HIE) - the electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards - has the potential to transform nearly every aspect of healthcare delivery in this country. Recent policies have helped fund major growth in the world of...
The successor to David Blumenthal, M.D., who has announced he'll resign as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this spring, will have a lot of work to do when it comes to protecting the privacy and security of healthcare information.
As 2010 draws to a close, federal regulators have a long list of unfinished business in drafting regulations and launching programs to protect patient privacy and bolster information security, as mandated under the HITECH Act.
Whitehouse Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt used wit to share his wisdom about healthcare information security in a rambling, folksy keynote address this week. He stressed that healthcare organizations of all sizes need to take security more seriously.