Privacy Advisor

Privacy and electronic health records

The lack of well-defined, across-the-board privacy requirements continues to slow the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Federal and state agencies, healthcare providers, and private companies are subject to different privacy and security rules, and a lack of automated monitoring methods hampers their enforcement. Stephen Gantz, CIPP/G, presents the challenges, including those posed by the HITECH Act, and discusses how data-sharing agreements could help establish the mutual trust needed to enable widespread health information exchange.

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