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Date:6/25/2009

ting for Health, which convened the group. "Providing consumers with electronic access to their information should be one of the things that the health IT incentives stimulate, so that many services may flourish by using information according to the individual's needs and wishes."

Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project for the Center for Democracy and Technology, said: "Sound policies are key to public trust -- without which we will not see the benefits of health IT investments. Consumers and clinicians will not participate if they fear information will not be protected."

The Markle Connecting for Health Collaborative's Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information -- a set of practices to improve consumer access to personal health information and protect privacy -- has been endorsed by a broad group of organizations. The list expanded today with the addition of Allscripts, American College of Cardiology, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physicians, CareGroup Healthcare System, Carestream Health Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., DrFirst, GenesysMD, Health 2.0 Accelerator, Health Level Seven, IEEE-USA, Intel Corp., Keas Inc., McKesson/RelayHealth, MedCommons, Medical Group Management Association, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Committee for Quality Assurance, National Quality Forum, Northwest Health Foundation, PatientsLikeMe, Prematics, Verizon, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Wal-Mart.

The full list of endorsing organizations since it was released in June 2008 includes:

AARP * Aetna * Allscripts * American Academy of Family Physicians * American College of Cardiology * American College of Emergency Physicians * American College of Physicians * Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR.org) * America's Health Insurance Plans * BlueCross BlueShield Association * CareGroup Healthcare System * Carestream Health Inc.
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