Patient Privacy

AHIMA, AMIA: HIPAA Overhaul Needed for Patient Data Access

December 6, 2018 - Updates to HIPAA, the decades old statute that regulates the flow of patient health information, could enable better patient data access and engaged use of that data, according to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). “Congress has long prioritized patients’ right to access their data as a key...

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How Does the Opioids Bill Address Patient Consent, Medical Records?

by Sara Heath

As efforts to address the opioid crisis and mental and behavioral health issues come to the forefront, as do questions of patient consent, privacy, and medical records access. Specifically, impending legislation to address the opioid...

E-Consent Forms Useful for Patient Data Sharing in Research

by Sara Heath

Electronic consent (e-consent) forms are useful for  offering patient consent for sharing health data with medical researchers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...

Do Health Data Security Concerns Influence Patient Data Sharing?

by Sara Heath

Patients need better assurances of PHI and health data security before opting into a health information exchange or other patient data sharing model, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient data...

Privacy Issues, Distrust Keep Patients from Health IT Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patient perceptions about health IT use are becoming more complicated, as health data security concerns, limited health and technology literacy, and differences in patient-provider viewpoints  get in the way. A recent Black Book...


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