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Hospital Asks Patients To Opt In

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 6, 2012

The CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Massachusetts recently announced the center will have all of its 1,800 affiliated ambulatory care providers ask patients "to opt in for data sharing among the clinicians coordinating their care," InformationWeek reports. Massachusetts law requires opt-in consent for information exchange, but BIDMC has elected to use "opt in to disclosure," says CIO John Halamka. The opt in would allow data exchange within BIDMC but also with other providers, and patients who opt in now would be allowed to opt out later. The statewide health information exchange is moving in the same direction, Halamka says.
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