The Markle Foundation's "blue button" concept for enabling patients to download their records from a secure website is suitable for a wide variety of healthcare organizations, says Josh Lemieux, the foundation's director of personal health technology.
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.
Responding to market demand is ISACA, the non-profit security organization, which launched the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control certification for IT risk professionals early this year.
To ensure patient privacy, healthcare organizations need to adopt clear-cut social media policies and educate staff about how to comply, says Jonathan Teich, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University.
This week's top news and views: Governing Health Data Exchange; Improving Patients' Access to Records; Patient Consent: A Closer Look. And don't miss our audio week-in-review podcast by Howard Anderson, managing editor.