CIOs Call for Standardization in E-Health Strategy
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.April 20, 2011
A group of healthcare CIOs have said the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department's plan for health IT "doesn't go far enough in standardizing the ways in which patient consent for release of personal health information would be managed," Federal Computer Week reports. The college of Healthcare Information Management Executives has submitted a letter asking for "greater uniformity in healthcare data privacy laws from state to state" and standards for healthcare privacy to apply nationally. HHS released its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in March. It calls for meaningful use of e-health record systems. Meanwhile, two Maine legislators recently proposed a bill to make Maine's electronic records system opt-in.