Privacy and Security of EHRs

Portrait of Dixie B. Baker, PhD, MS

Help Shape the EHR Certification Process for Privacy & Security

Dixie B. Baker, PhD, MS | December 5, 2012

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.

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Meaningful Choice: Patient-Centered Decision Making in Electronic Health Information Exchange

Kathryn Marchesini, J.D. | October 3, 2012

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).

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Changing Policies Changes Practices: Patient Access and Input to Their Health Record

Jodi G. Daniel, J.D., M.P.H. | July 25, 2012

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.

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HHS Mobile Devices Roundtable: Health Care Delivery Experts Discuss Clinicians’ Use of and Privacy & Security Good Practices for mHealth

Joy Pritts | April 4, 2012

Clinicians are increasingly finding mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, smart phones and PDAs useful in health care delivery due to their speed, convenience, and flexibility. But as the health care industry rapidly adopts these mobile devices, there is a growing concern about the potential privacy and security vulnerabilities that are cropping up in the process. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  (ONC) is striving to better understand this evolving marketplace, particularly from a privacy and security perspective,

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