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PHR Providers: Privacy Is Paramount

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 7, 2010

Personal health record (PHR) providers believe they have a system that is more privacy-focused than federal law covering electronic patient records, Modern Healthcare reports. At a recent meeting on PHR privacy and security with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, PHR providers suggested that while the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allows patient information to be shared without consent for "treatment, payment and other healthcare operations," some PHR providers "create a privacy environment in which secondary use of a patient's healthcare information is not permitted," the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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