In an April 8 meeting, the Health IT Policy Committee approved best practices recommended by its Privacy and Security Tiger Team to assure that proxies acting on behalf of adult patients have proper access to protected health information. 

Family, friends and personal representatives can legally have access to patientsÂ’ PHI through view/download/transmit (VDT) permissions, according to the Tiger Team's chairman Deven McGraw. The team recommended that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT develop and disseminate some best practices for assuring access to adult patient VDT "extended to friends and family authorized by the patient, and, where appropriate, legal personal representatives." 

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