Hospital executives and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are at odds on how to protect patient health information, Politico reports. While hospital executives are calling for more oversight to protect health data, HHS says patients have the right to access and protect their data and are creating rules to that effect. With an onslaught of new health care apps, proponents of federal guidelines are concerned patients may not understand the privacy implications of using those apps and how third parties may use that information. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information already has a rule that requires health care providers and insurers adopt a common standard that helps patients export their data into other apps. The rule includes guidelines for when groups can restrict data sharing.
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