HHS Unveils PHR Template
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.September 21, 2011
At last week's inaugural Health and Human Services (HHS) Consumer Health IT Summit, HHS launched its Personal Health Record (PHR) model privacy notice, intended to help consumers understand the privacy policies and data handling practices of PHR products, reports InformationWeek. The template--a collaborative effort by HHS and the Federal Trade Commission--will "enable companies to present complex information in a manner that is accessible, consistent and conducive to promoting informed choice by consumers," the national coordinator for health IT told the audience. One industry analyst applauded the agencies for "working with industry to tackle a formidable barrier to adoption."