eHealth privacy drafts ready, share your thoughts

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Monday, July 20th at 10am in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building eHealthConnecticut, the CT Health Policy Project and AARP-CT will hold a forum to collect consumer feedback on draft privacy policies and a universal consent form. eHealthCT is creating a pilot health information exchange for CT Medicaid members to go live this fall, but the privacy work done in this process will serve as a foundation for future exchanges in CT. The exchange will allow providers to access health records, history, test results, treating providers, prescriptions, etc. electronically saving time and money while improving quality and reducing errors. Protecting patients’ privacy and the security of data is paramount. We are planning an opt-in policy for the exchange, but that will require a substantial public education campaign. A group of consumer advocates and providers has been working with attorneys to draft the policies, but we need your help. The forum builds on input we received at our April eHealth privacy forum. The drafts will also be available on eHealthConnecticut’s website for comment. For more information on eHealth, visit our resource page.
Ellen Andrews