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NY Establishes Committee on Sharing, Access Policies

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 6, 2012

The New York eHealth Collaborative and New York State Department of Health have established a new state committee to handle patient privacy and health data access, InformationWeek reports. The Statewide Health Information Network of New York Policy Committee is tasked with creating and updating policies to protect personal health information while permitting sharing between healthcare providers and will be comprised of 16 members including public officials, healthcare providers, attorneys and public advocates, the report states. A recent New York Civil Liberties Union report criticized the state's current policies on the sharing of electronic medical records, including that providers do not need patient consent to access records.
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