NY HIE Privacy Issues Under Review

Committee to Consider Policy Updates
NY HIE Privacy Issues Under Review

A new committee will update and create policy measures designed to protect personal health information that's shared using a dozen health information exchanges in New York that are being linked in a statewide exchange.

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The New York State Department of Health and the New York eHealth Collaborative formed the Statewide Health Information Network of New York Policy Committee. "Now that regional data is being tied together to provide for statewide exchange of healthcare data, the new committee will review and modify existing policy and potentially explore the creation of new policy as needed to meet the needs of interoperability while protecting patient information," according to a statement from the organizers. "New policy and policy amendments will be in alignment with federal requirements."

Federal regulators recently issued new privacy and security guidance for federally funded HIEs (see: HIEs Get Privacy, Security Guidance.).

Meanwhile, the New York Civil Liberties Union recently published a report listing its privacy and security recommendations for HIEs in the state (see: HIEs: Protecting Civil Liberties).

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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