Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012: Time for Action on Health Privacy

Deven McGraw, Center for Democracy & Technology, iHealthBeat, Jan. 9, 2012

From the opinion: "Building and maintaining public trust in health IT and health information sharing will be critical to leveraging their benefits to improve individual and population health. ..This new year is shaping up to be a big one for health care policy. The rhetoric from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and HHS has been consistently strong on the importance of respecting the confidentiality of health information; however, with a few exceptions, the pattern has been too much talk and not enough action.  The start of the new year is the time to break that pattern….Privacy consistently makes it to the top of the list in terms of important issues -- but taking big, concrete steps on health privacy has yet to be a priority for health IT policymakers.  Let 2012 be the year for action on health privacy." Read more

See Also
Advancing Privacy and Security in Health Information Exchange
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services