An ongoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rulemaking seeks to increase the interoperability of electronic health records. Though the comment period for both rulemakings has closed, Bob Gellman foresees that increased interoperability will create a privacy dilemma. "Patient access to interoperable health records is good, but making those records readily available to patients will lead to widespread commercial access and use outside the health care system," he writes. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Gellman lays out both sides of the dilemma and suggests HHS should delay so that Congress has time to pass relevant privacy legislation in the coming years.
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