Electronic exchange of health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations is a key component of delivery system reform. As we move toward Electronic Health Record (EHR) interoperability and a learning health system, patient consent for health information exchange becomes all the more critical. Patient consent and electronic exchange of health information require a way of consistently capturing, communicating, processing, and automating individual choice. We call this consistent approach to consent and exchange “Computable Privacy.”
Computable Privacy is defined as a way of consistently capturing, communicating, processing, and automating individual choice, in order to enhance interoperability and move toward a learning health care system.