Organizations Endorse Markle Foundation Collaboration to Increase Consumer Access to Personal Health Information and Protect Privacy
Information Technology for Health Care Reform Should Increase Consumer Participation
NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The future of health care should encourage expanded use of information tools to help consumers better manage their health, 56 diverse organizations said today as they embraced a framework for personal health information access and privacy.
"Consumers need to be full participants in modern health information tools and services to help them prevent illness, communicate better with clinicians, understand costs and treatment options, make better health decisions, and take better care of loved ones," the group said in a joint statement.
"Health reform requires putting the power of information at the fingertips of 300 million consumers," said Zoe Baird, president of the Markle Foundation, which convened the group. "If we do this right, consumers will contribute to a health care system that rewards quality, slows an unsustainable spiral of costs, and protects the privacy of sensitive information."
The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act establishes billions of dollars in incentives for clinicians and hospitals to use health information technology, including electronic health records (EHRs). The law also clarifies that individuals have the right to receive copies of personal health information from EHRs in electronic formats and authorize their information to be stored in a service of the individual's choosing.
"In the age of the Internet, there is vast potential for consumers to connect online to new services to make their lives easier and healthier," said Carol Diamond, MD, MPH, chair of Markle Connec
|SOURCE The Markle Foundation|
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