HHS Pushes Information Sharing For Electronic Health Record Systems
The Obama administration released a draft plan requiring most providers to adhere to information-sharing standards by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, a report by congressional staffers contends that companies such as Google, Twitter and Yahoo are grabbing data from consumers when they use healthcare.gov.
U.S. Releases Draft Plan For Electronic Health Data
The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of an effort to propel the $2.9 trillion U.S. health care system away from a costly fee-for-service system, released a report draft aimed at establishing an interoperable health information technology system that can be accessed by patients and their health care providers. (1/30)
Google, Twitter, Yahoo Nab Healthcare.gov Data
Companies including Google, Twitter, Yahoo and Advertising.com automatically obtain information from people visiting HealthCare.gov, according to analysis by congressional staffers. The finding builds on news last week that dozens of data-tracking companies were able to obtain information about people visiting the federal healthcare website, potentially including information about their age, location and pregnancy status. (Hattem, 1/30)