Compelled Disclosure of Health Information: Protecting Against the Greatest Potential Threat to Privacy
The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 295, No. 24, pp. 2882-2885, 2006
4 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2009
Date Written: June 28, 2006
In 2004, President Bush called for widespread adoption of interconnected electronic health records (EHRs) within 10 years. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been charged with leading these efforts, including developing the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). Although the specifics of the NHIN and its component organizations are still being developed, it is envisioned as a public-private partnership of health information organizations using common electronic formats, thereby enabling ease of access to EHRs through any secure portal. The NHIN will link health records maintained in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, and other locations.
Keywords: electronic health records, EHRs, health information technology HIT, privacy, HIPAA Privacy Rule, american disabilities act, ADA, authorizations, nationwide health information network, NHIN
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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