ONC Seeks Public Comments on Privacy, Security Issues in PHRs

On Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT posted a request for public feedback to gauge privacy and security concerns surrounding personal health records and their use, Government Health IT reports (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 11/2).

ONC outlined four issues for public comment:

  • Thoughts about privacy, security and emerging technologies;
  • Expectations about the collection and use of personal health information;
  • Advantages and drawbacks of privacy and security rules for entities not covered by HIPAA regulations; and
  • Any additional PHR or non-covered-entity questions (Goedert, Health Data Management, 11/2).

The role of PHRs is expected to grow as health care providers work to meet "meaningful use" rules, according to Government Health IT. Health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records can qualify for incentive payments.

Preparing for Roundtable Meeting

ONC is requesting the comments ahead of a Dec. 3 roundtable meeting about PHRs, though comments will be accepted until Dec. 10.

The roundtable in part will discuss approaches to privacy and security requirements for third-party vendors of PHRs (Government Health IT, 11/2).

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