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HHS Reveals Draft of 5-Year ‘Strategic Health IT Plan’

Document Focuses on Secure Patient Records Access and Health Information Exchange

Susan Lucci, senior privacy and security consultant at tw-Security, says hurdles remain in providing patients with the kind of health information access the draft appears to envision. “What I do think would help is to make it easier for patients to access their records online and have all reports and results available online,” she says. “Limiting what patients can have access to still exists, and the timeframe to obtain records should be shorter.”

The lingering obstacles to providing patients with easy access to their information, Lucci says, are “proprietary interests and corporate profitability” that hamper the sharing of records among organizations. “We have seen little in the way of results in more open sharing across systems.”


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