HHS Proposes Rules That Would Allow Patients to Access Labs Via Health IT

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules that would expand patients' rights to access their health information electronically, according to an HHS news release.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was jointly drafted by CMS, the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and proposes to amend regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 and HIPAA privacy regulations. The new rules would allow patients to access their test results reports directly from labs.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has also released a voluntary Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice, which creates a standardized template for consumers to compare PHR products.

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