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Researchers Developing Patient-Controlled Exchange System

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 20, 2012

Modern Healthcare reports on prototype health information exchange technology that allows patients and providers to exchange digital information across unaffiliated healthcare organizations. Developed by Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, the pilot system provides patients with an access key that can be shared with providers at the patient’s discretion. Privacy advocate Deborah Peel applauded the pilot system, saying, “The majority of current (health IT) systems and data exchanges violate medical ethics and patients’ long-standing right to control PHI…Bravo to the Wake Forest research team for finally building effective electronic patient consent tools.” (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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