Wednesday, March 7, 2007

NHIN Patient Empowerment Gets Mixed Feedback

GHIT reports that HHS is getting mixed reviews for its decision to insist that the next iteration of the Nationwide Health Information Network allow patients to control who sees their electronic health records.

As I've said before, it's one thing to call for granular control, it's another to lay out guidance for the RHIOs and state-wide HIEs on how to write and implement law and policy that governs the granular controls we're talking about. We're not waiting on the technology, that part is already done.

For a different perspective, read Modern Healthcare's piece on HIPAA ten years later (registration req'd), and the confusion about the law that still reigns. Scary.


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