Who’s downloading their health records?
There’s been a lot of talk about putting health records in the palm of patients’ hands via APIs. But so far, they’ve been slow to adopt them. Two potential reasons for the trend: the apps have limited functionality, and health systems haven’t done enough to market them just yet.
At the federal level, the push to empower patients while protecting privacy continues. ONC is in talks with Congress to help consumers better understand how their data is used by third-party apps. And in the midst of the opioid crisis, HHS proposed changes to privacy rules for substance abuse treatment records to support care coordination and access.
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