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Detailed patient consent recommendations that a privacy and security "tiger team" recently completed are just a starting point toward giving patients far more control over their healthcare information, the co-chair of the team acknowledges.
Projects in Cincinnati and Detroit are the final additions to the list of those that will receive a total of $250 million in federal grants for the secure sharing of healthcare information among organizations.
Lockheed Martin has won two contracts worth a total of $9 million to support further development of the National Health Information Network, a set of services, standards and policies that enable the secure exchange of health information over the Internet.
A committee that advises federal regulators on healthcare information technology policies has approved detailed recommendations for how and when to obtain patient consent for the exchange of their electronic health records.
The nation's healthcare information exchanges must focus on privacy and security as they develop new functions and features, says Irene Koch, executive director of the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange.