ONC to Collect Data on Consumers' Privacy, Security Concerns about Mobile Health

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is planning to collect information from consumers on their privacy and security concerns regarding mobile health technology, according to a Federal Register report.

ONC is launching the communication campaign to meet the HITECH Act requirement to educate the public about privacy and security of electronically exchanged personal health information. ONC will collect data for 24 months before beginning public education to develop more effective strategies for those efforts. Data collection will include focus groups, surveys, interviews and screenings of more than 40,000 consumers and health professionals.

ONC has also proposed to revise the currently approved collection to increase focus group burden hours and evaluate consumer attitudes and preferences surrounding communicating personal health information via mobile devices, according to the report.

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