Privacy and Security of EHRs

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Keeping Consumers in the Know: Help Us Update the Model Privacy Notice

Thomas A. Mason, M.D. | February 26, 2016

As ever more sophisticated retail health technology – like exercise trackers, wearable health technologies, or mobile applications that help individuals monitor various body measurements – comes into widespread use, it is increasingly important for consumers to be aware of companies’ privacy and security policies, including data sharing practices.

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The Real HIPAA: Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement and Population-Based Activities Examples

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 25, 2016

Welcome to the fourth and final blog post in our series on how HIPAA supports interoperability. In the previous installments, we provided practical examples and illustrations that show how Health Care Operations Permitted Uses and Disclosures apply to covered entities. In this post, we pick up where we left off and provide examples of how HIPAA supports exchange of electronic health information for Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement and Population-Based Activities.

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The Real HIPAA: Care Coordination, Care Planning, and Case Management Examples

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 18, 2016

Welcome to the third blog post in our series. Blog #2 discussed how HIPAA supports interoperability, and discussed definitions of Treatment and Health Care Operations-functions for which HIPAA supports electronic exchange of health information. This blog post gives additional practical examples of exchange for Treatment and exchange for Health Care Operations. Let’s jump right in.

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The Real HIPAA: Permitted Uses and Disclosures

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 11, 2016

Welcome to the second blog in our series on how HIPAA supports exchange of electronic health information for patient care and health. This blog post summarizes the new ONC fact sheets on HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures for exchange (Treatment and Health Care Operations), developed in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights. This installment answers the questions: What are HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures?

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The Real HIPAA Supports Interoperability

Aja Brooks, J.D. | February 4, 2016

At ONC, we hear all of the time that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) makes it difficult, if not impossible, to move electronic health data when and where it is needed for patient care and health. This is a misconception, but unfortunately one that is widespread. This blog series and accompanying fact sheets aim to correct this misunderstanding so that health information is more often available when and where it is needed.   

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