HHS introduces new rules to give patients more control over their health data


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced two new rules on Monday that are aimed at giving patients more secure access to and control over their health data. The ONC rule, which implements certain portions of the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, requires health providers to allow patients to electronically access their health data for free, and requires certain steps to be taken to secure this data.

The CMS “Interoperability and Patient Access” rule also addresses security by ensuring the exchange of health information between providers is secure, and requires third-party groups to provide information on their data privacy policies before information is shared with them.

ONC Rule: https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/cures/2020-03/ONC_Cures_Act_Final_Rule_03092020.pdf

CMS Rule: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/cms-9115-f.pdf

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