Privacy and Security of EHRs
Curious about the privacy and security of electronic health records (often called electronic medical records)? We cover the latest updates on policies and procedures in place to ensure the protection of data electronically stored in EHRs and EMRs.
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ONC’s Certification Program includes the certification of two types of electronic health record (EHR) technology: Complete EHR and EHR Module. To meet the EHR adoption requirement to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments, an eligible professional or hospital can use either a Complete EHR, or a set of EHR Modules that collectively meets the definition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). Responsibility for assuring that a set of certified EHR Modules can be successfully and securely integrated together is left up to the adopter.
Health Care Providers, Key Agents of Trust for Patients
A key purpose for developing a secure private computer network in the health care industry is establishing the capability for health care providers to access and share patient health information electronically and securely over the Internet to support patient care, often referred to as a health information exchange (HIE).
One of the promises of health IT is to provide patients easier access to their health information. This is a focus of ONC’s consumer e-health efforts and CMS’ meaningful use regulations. But this isn’t a new policy for HHS. In fact, we have ensured that patients have had a right to access their health information since 2002.