Proposed VA Rule Change Allows Release of Patient Records to HIEs Without Written Consent

The VA has proposed changing a VA-specific patient privacy rule to allow the release of patient records to eligible community providers and HIEs without a hard copy of a patient’s written authorization.

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ONC Releases Draft Trusted Exchange Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of its long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework, which aims to improve the interoperable exchange of health information between providers.

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Survey: Patients Say Data Exchange Vital for Healthcare

A staggering 97 percent of respondents to a recent survey indicated that it is important for any health institution to have access to their full medical history in order for them to provide high quality care.

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Officials Release Highly Anticipated Substance Abuse and Mental Health Final Rule

The long-awaited rule finalizing changes to Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations 42 CFR Part 2, concerning the exchange of mental health and substance abuse records, was published January 18 in the Federal Register.

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Cancer Moonshot Initiative Proposes National Cancer Data Sharing Network

A blue-ribbon panel of cancer research experts has called for the formation of a “national cancer data ecosystem” in order to help achieve President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s goal of achieving 10 years’ worth of cancer advancements within five years.

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Health IT Offers Barriers, Solutions for Fighting Zika

The arrival of the Zika virus in the United States has caught local health departments and providers flat footed in terms of surveillance and detection thanks to outdated health IT systems.

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