Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HHS to Senate: Patient Data Privacy Top Priority

The security of patient records is one of the top priorities for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) chief Farzad Mostashari during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

Mastashari discussed how health IT benefits patients and provides the tools necessary to transform the delivery of care.

"Underlying all our efforts is the core understanding that we will not succeed if patients do not trust that their health information will be kept safe and secure in an increasingly electronic and interoperable world."
- Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM., National Coordinator,
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
He pointed out that all involved in healthcare have a responsibility to protect patient information. The HHS has used its regulatory authority "to expand protections afforded to individually identifiable health information" via the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

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Sources:
(a) Statement of Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM. National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Senate Finance Committee Hearing, 07/17/2013

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