The CEO of a start-up company developing technology to enable consumers to choose whether or not to share their health information walked members of a federal advisory committee through how the application works during a hearing June 29 in Washington.

The HIT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team heard from consumers and vendors during the hearing. Robert Shelton, CEO at Private Access Inc. in Irvine, Calif., explained an emerging product to let a patient choose which family members, physicians, researchers and others could see personal health information. A patient, for instance, could restrict disclosures only to those required by law, give a specialist all PHI except for psychiatric records, give broad access to family and all physicians in a specific group practice, or even enable researchers to contact the patient through Private Access.

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