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Expert: Strong State Laws Complicate Data Sharing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 14, 2012

Strict state healthcare privacy laws are complicating health information exchanges, but according to a federal official, one potential key to overcoming the obstacles is by increasing the use of meta tags, Modern Healthcare reports. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts says that some health information exchanges are not accepting medical records containing mental health or substance abuse data because some state regulations are stronger than federal laws. In response, her office has been developing meta-data tagging standards as a potential technological solution to the issue. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: The IAPP will host the breakout session, Beyond HIPAA—National Trends in Health Information Exchange and Granular Consent, at the Privacy Academy in San Jose, CA.
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