Panel drafts privacy recommendations for health data exchanges

Jaikumar Vijayan reports:

A “tiger team” that advises the federally charted Health IT Policy Committee will submit a list of recommendations on Thursday for ensuring the privacy and security of personally identifiable health information in Health Data Exchanges.

The recommendations were developed in response to a specific set of privacy-related questions raised by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. They touch upon and clarify topics such as patient consent and the use of third-party service providers in the exchange of personally identifiable health information.

A 19-page letter, detailing all of the recommendations is scheduled to be submitted to David Blumenthal, chairman of the HIT Policy Committee on Thursday. (A draft of the letter is available here.

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