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ONC Seeks Consumer Views on HIE

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology wants a better idea of how health care consumers feel about the national drive toward health information exchange.

ONC is asking the Office of Management and Budget for approval to conduct computer-assisted telephone interviews with a representative sample of nearly 2,600 individuals across the nation.

"Based on findings from a comprehensive literature review, little is known about individuals' attitudes toward electronic health information exchange and the extent to which they are interested in determining by whom and how their health information is exchanged," ONC explained in a notice published in the Federal Register. "The proposed information collection will permit us to better understand individuals' attitudes toward electronic health information exchange and its associated privacy and security aspects as well as inform policy and programmatic objectives."

ONC expects data collection to take eight weeks and will publicly release a final report. More information is available in the Oct. 28 Federal Register at gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.

--Joseph Goedert

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