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Experts Discuss Patient Access, Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 26, 2011

The biggest factor in revolutionizing the healthcare system will be patients' access to their healthcare data, InformationWeek reports. That's according to healthcare experts at a forum in New York earlier this month. Neil Calman, CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Family Health, said patients will soon expect records in downloadable form, and HIPAA and other regulations will be amended to meet those demands. Experts also discussed privacy and security issues in moving patient data to the cloud. As of mid-July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had recorded 292 health data breaches. Although six percent were due to hacking, that number is expected to increase. Editor's Note: For more related to this topic, register for the IAPP's next Web Conference, The Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audit Program: What To Expect and How To Prepare, which will be held this Thursday, July 28.
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