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Broad Coalition Says Consumer Role Is Key to Improving Health and Health Care
Date:6/25/2009

* Center for Democracy and Technology * Center on Medical Record Rights and Privacy * Cisco Systems Inc. * Computer Sciences Corp. * Consumers Union * Dossia * DrFirst * FollowMe * Google * Geisinger Health System * GenesysMD * Health 2.0 Accelerator * Health Care For All * Health Level Seven * InterComponentWare Inc. * IEEE-USA * Intel Corp. * Intuit Inc. * Keas Inc. * McKesson/RelayHealth * Metavante * MedicAlert Foundation International * MedCommons * Medical Group Management Association * Microsoft Corp. * National Breast Cancer Coalition * National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship * National Committee for Quality Assurance * National Partnership for Women and Families * National Quality Forum * NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital * Northwest Health Foundation * Pacific Business Group on Health * Palo Alto Medical Foundation * Partners Healthcare System * PatientsLikeMe * Prematics * Surescripts * U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs * Vanderbilt Center for Better Health * Verizon * Visiting Nurse Service of New York * Wal-Mart * WebMD

The framework -- developed by the Markle-operated Connecting for Health public-private collaborative -- includes four overviews and fourteen specific technology and policy approaches for consumers to access health services, to obtain and control copies of health information about them, to authorize the sharing of their information with others, and sound privacy and security practices.

"All too often today, vital information falls through the cracks when individuals move across care settings," said John Rother, AARP executive vice president for policy. "That's why government and private health care purchasers understand that consumer access to personal health information is one key component of health IT and health care reform, and that it can be realized only if we can also create trust on the part of consumers," he said. "We're gratified that such a wide range of organizations have embraced this
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