Electronic health records open patient privacy questions

Alice Lipowicz reports:

A federal advisory panel today heard several proposals about how to best protect patient privacy while creating and sharing electronic health records (EHRs).

The Health Information Technology Policy Committee convened to prepare recommendations to the Health and Human Services Department on distributing $19 billion in economic stimulus funding for incentive payments for EHRs and health information exchanges. The bulk of the money will go to doctors and hospitals that buy certified record systems and participate in the exchanges. HHS is expected to issue a rule by year’s end.

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