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Privacy, Choice and the Future of Health IT

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 28, 2010

When the Health Information Technology Policy Committee met last week, health IT implementation issues including privacy, informed consent and patient control were a significant part of the discussion, Modern Healthcare reports, but leaders are not ready "to recommend that patients be put in full control over the flow of their own healthcare information." Deven McGraw of the Health Privacy Project said the consensus is that a comprehensive set of privacy and security protections building on current laws is critical to moving forward with the meaningful use of electronic health records. However, Deborah Peel of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation suggests the best way to protect patient privacy is by giving patients full control over what information is or is not used, shared or exchanged. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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