Monthly Archives: October 2010

White House Forms New Subcommittee to Review Online Privacy Issues

In a statement released October 24, the Obama Administration has launched a new interagency “subcommittee” of the National Science and Technology Council to review privacy and Internet policy, which may include review of health care privacy issues.  The working group will focus primarily on individual privacy issues associated with the Internet and related online systems, … Continue Reading

Is Your EHR System Private Enough?

News accounts and criminal convictions involving unauthorized access or theft of electronic health records by health care facility or medical practice employees are raising renewed concerns about the privacy and security implications associated with the surging development and use of electronic health records systems (EHR). While providers who implement EHR systems often feel confident in … Continue Reading

“Advertising Option Icon” Will Allow Opt-Out of Online Tracking

A coalition of advertising trade groups launched a new online behavioral advertising (“OBA”) opt-out program on October 4, 2010, to build on the self-regulatory principles they released last summer.  The program, which is explained on the group’s website, features an “Advertising Option Icon” that can be placed near online ads that collect data used to … Continue Reading

HITECH’s Federal Health IT Coordinator Completes Nationwide System to Assist Doctors and Hospitals in Switching to Electronic Health Records

On September 28, 2010, David Blumenthal, M.D., National Coordinator for health information technology, announced selection of the final Regional Extension Centers (RECs), completing a national system of 62 organizations that will help physicians, clinics and hospitals to move from paper-based medical records to electronic health records (EHR). “The selection of these final awardees means that … Continue Reading