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Review new HHS draft model PHR privacy notice

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 6, 2009

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On December 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its initiation of the second of a three-phase project to develop a model to present easy-to-understand information about personal health records (PHR). The goal of the project is to help consumers clearly understand and compare privacy policies across PHRs. HHS plans to develop a template for a Web-based PHR fact sheet that vendors can use to succinctly deliver complex PHR privacy and security information so consumers can make informed decisions. HHS hopes to complete the template by the end of 2009.

  • To view a draft blank model notice template, click here.
  • To view a draft completed model notice of a fictional company called Birch Health, click here.

HHS welcomes public comment during this second phase of the project; however, it has not yet announced additional details regarding how and when to submit comments.

This project is part of a national policy framework and "toolkit" that HHS has announced to address privacy and security challenges related to electronic health information exchange. For more information about the framework, click here.

Editor’s note: Want to learn more about the draft model? Sign up for HCPro’s January 15 audio conference "Personal Health Records: Overcome Privacy and Security Barriers and Other Challenges."

 



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