An advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services has made a series of recommendations on restricting the sharing of sensitive information in electronic health records.

In a report to HHS, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics offers initial definitions of categories of sensitive information. These include genetic, mental health, substance abuse, and sexuality or reproductive health information, as well as treatments paid for out-of-pocket and the rights of adolescent minors under some state laws to segregate certain information.

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