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Team To Recommend Ways To Keep PII Safe

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 19, 2010

Computerworld reports that the "tiger team" advising the federal Health IT Policy Committee is expected to submit 19 pages of recommendations today in response to a specific set of privacy-related questions raised by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for ensuring the privacy and security of personally identifiable health information in health data exchanges. The recommendations will clarify topics such as patient consent and the use of third-party service providers in the exchange of personally identifiable health information, the report states. The team's letter recommends no additional consent for the direct exchange of electronic patient data between health providers for treatment purposes, but "any data exchange that involves a third party does require specific and 'meaningful' patient consent."
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