Health Data Management reports the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is warning patients to weigh the benefits and risks of sharing electronic health information with third-party apps. “Secondary use of data creates privacy challenges that extend beyond the healthcare industry,” National Coordinator for HIT Don Rucker testified to a Senate committee this week. “Across all business sectors, individuals often have little say with respect to the secondary use and disclosure of their personal data. However, the misuse of health information can have lifelong consequences for the patient.” The ONC proposed a rule in March that calls for health care providers to allow patients to access their electronic health records by way of secure application programming interfaces, which would require certification through HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources.
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