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HHS Advisory Panel Considers Patient Consent

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 26, 2010

An advisory group to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department has begun considering a draft framework describing how health organizations should incorporate patients' consents and consent policies, Federal Computer Week reports. The Basic Patient Privacy Consent framework addresses collecting and sharing patient healthcare data in electronic health record systems, the report states. The framework would see the development of privacy and consent policies and would implement access-control within the electronic health record system, which would allow patients to select which policies apply to their records, including implicit and explicit opt-in and opt-out options, according to the report.
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