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HHS Head of IT Discusses the Work Ahead

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 17, 2012

In an interview with HealthLeaders Media, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari discusses his office's plans for the year ahead. "Adoption of meaningful use, information exchange and interoperability and maintaining privacy and security" top Mostashari's list of challenges, he said, noting that in order to be successful, "what has to be paramount for everybody is the shared responsibility of maintaining the privacy and security of those patient records." He says the cost-to-value ratio must change in order to get facilities on board with record exchange programs, as well as "creating the preconditions for trust to emerge...People trust their doctors, and one of the things they trust their doctors for is to keep their record secure."
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