Interested in personal health records (PHRs)? So is the US Congress. Section 13424 of the HITECH Act directs the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT to conduct a study and make recommendations related to the application of privacy and security requirements to “non-HIPAA Covered Entities”, with a focus on PHR vendors and related service providers.
To collect information related to the mandated study, the ONC is hosting a PHR Roundtable on December 3rd, 2010. According to the ONC website for this event, the Roundtable will “address the current state and evolving nature of PHRs and related technologies (including mobile technologies and social networking), consumer and industry expectations and attitudes toward privacy and security practices, and the pros and cons of different approaches to the requirements that should apply to non-CE PHRs and related technologies.”
The roundtable will include “four panels of prominent researchers, legal scholars, and representatives of consumer, patient, and industry organizations.” These panels will include:
- PHRs: Origins, Developments, Privacy and Security Practices
- PHRs and Related Technologies: New Forms, New Audiences, and New Challenges
- Privacy and Security of Identifiable Health Information in PHRs and Related Technologies: Expectations and Concerns
- Perspectives on Privacy and Security Requirements for PHRs and Related Technologies
The ONC will begin accepting public comment at the beginning of November.