ONC Analyzes Patient Privacy Concerns
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.January 10, 2013
A government office has initiated a pilot project delving into patient privacy concerns when considering participation in health information exchanges, ModernHealthcare.com reports. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), the eConsent Trial Project surveyed patients at four healthcare organizations to determine answers to questions such as, “What information do you need to decide whether healthcare providers may electronically access your medical information?” The ONC aims to finish the project by March and to publish results this spring. Meanwhile, a senior director at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society says that the biggest privacy concern surrounding mobile healthcare is lost or stolen cellphones containing unencrypted data. Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned from OCR Privacy and Security Audits will be one of several breakout sessions on healthcare privacy at this year’s Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC.