Hospitals and clinics need to take a methodical approach to privacy and security as they prepare to qualify for electronic health records incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid under the HITECH Act, security adviser Phyllis Patrick says.
The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy offering guidelines on physician use of social media that calls for refraining from posting identifiable patient information online to protect privacy.
Federal regulators have published a final rule carrying out the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits the use of genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment.
American consumers need to know that personal health records must follow government-mandated guidelines for ensuring privacy and security, just as is the case for electronic health records. Otherwise, the use of PHRs may never become widespread.