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Study: Patient-Controlled Sharing Best for Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 15, 2012

A new scientific study by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association “validates the workability of a digital medical-imaging sharing system controlled by patients, not providers,” FierceHealthIT reports. While images are now shared with patients via a hand-carried CD, digital sharing networks challenge patient privacy, the report states. But the Patient Controlled Access-key Registry (PCARE) allows patients to control the access keys. The same PCARE framework can be used for electronic health records, the study states, adding that such a framework protects patient privacy with “minimal burden on patients, providers and infrastructure.”
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