ONC Releases Model Privacy Notice for Personal Health Records

After the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, the interest in storing and accessing health information online increased, prompting increased concerns about the privacy and security of such information.  In September 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a Personal Health Record (PHR) Model Privacy Notice for public use.  This Model Notice meets ONC’s initial goal in a multi-phased, consumer project to increase consumer awareness of PHR companies’ data practices.  The next phase seeks to empower consumers by providing them with an easy way to compare the data practices of two or more PHR companies.  Continue reading