Access to Sensitive Information in Segmented Electronic Health Records
Mark A. Rothstein
University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
May 24, 2012
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2012
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2012-08
Spurred on by Medicare and Medicaid financial incentives, the prospect of increased efficiency,and the expectation of improved outcomes, the rate of adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by health care providers has accelerated since 2009. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in 2011, 57% of office-based hysicians had adopted some type of EHR system. Many of the EHR systems currently in use lack essential “functionality” and lag Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “meaningful use” requirements. Nevertheless, EHR adoption has gained momentum, and it is realistic to contemplate the implementation of a nationwide system of interoperable, comprehensive, and longitudinal EHRs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: Privacy, Electronic Health Records, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Health Information Technology
JEL Classification: K31, K32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 24, 2012 ; Last revised: July 25, 2012
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