AHIC Consumer Empowerment Workgroup meeting January 10, 2007

January 16, 2007

The workgroup heard testimony on security and PHRs. According to HITS, “While personal health records are still very much in the infancy stage, PHR vendor privacy and security policies are embryonic at best, at least according to a review of 30 publicly available policies presented Jan. 10 to the consumer empowerment work group of the American Health Information Community HHS advisory panel.” According to a powerpoint by Altarum,

  • Policies are highly variable and not particularly broad in scope
  • None had more than 18 of the 31 criteria
  • Remaining 29 (97%) covered less than half of criteria
  • Many emphasized security procedures or Internet privacy policies of the vendor’s web site, rather than protections of PHR data.

I am glad that AHIC is shining a light on security in PHRs. As I have said repeatedly, unless the consumer can trust that their data is secure, adoption will continue to lag, no matter what other benefits are promoted.

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