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Hospital Creates Portal To Protect Teens’ Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 20, 2013

In an effort to address concerns over children’s privacy when it comes to their personal health records (PHR), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) has developed a custom-built PHR portal with separate accounts for patients and their parents, InformationWeek reports. While children’s PHRs are generally controlled by their parents, teenagers have a right to privacy regarding the information they share with physicians, according to BCH’s Fabienne Bourgeois. “The parent has sole access to the patient’s portal until the patient turns 13, at which point both the parent and the patient can have access,” Bourgeois reports. At 18, access is restricted to the patient.
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