The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is asking the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for more specificity on the five-year Federal Health I.T. Strategic Plan recently issued for public comment.
The plan calls for fluid exchange of the right information at the right time to improve patient care and safety, but the feds need to dig deeper, CHIME notes in a comment letter to ONC. "To make sure this information is shared responsibly, ONC needs to further define how consent management should be handled, and it must address the responsibility of patients, physicians, hospitals and insurers on how consent will be stored and transmitted through health information exchanges."
That process of getting patient consent also must support exchange of information from patients' personal health records, according to the trade group for CIOs and other I.T. leaders. CHIME also asks ONC to work to make state health information privacy laws more uniform. Click here for the comment letter.
ONC has extended the public comment period on the I.T. strategic plan until May 6. Click here for more information.
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