Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DeSalvo : Patient Data Privacy is Important to Regulators

The new head of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Karen DeSalvo, says privacy and security are vital to all their major projects.

According to Dr. DeSalvo, the more widespread use of electronic medical records (EHRs) has improved healthcare delivery but also makes privacy of patients' health information a priority.

"We consider privacy and security an important part of the work that we do."
- Karen DeSalvo, MD, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
DeSalvo noted that patients are willing to share their medical information to contribute to research but want their privacy protected. To ensure that access to a patient's EHR is appropriate healthcare organizations can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) ONC's DeSalvo on Privacy, Security - www.HealthInfoSecurity.com, 04/21/2014

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