Will Healthcare See Ethical Patient Data Exchange?

June 5, 2019 | 10:15 am

Janae Sharp and INSIDE Digital Health tackle the big question of ethical data exchange and financial responsibility by interviewing two health information exchange leaders.

Teresa Rivera, head of the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) … “UHIN emphatically agrees that patients should have access to their claims history and clinical encounter data. This is one method to ensure that the data follow the patient regardless of where they are in the healthcare continuum. The patient is an important stakeholder in the interoperability paradigm, and they, along with their appointed caregivers, should have secure access to all their healthcare data.”

Doug Dietzman, CEO of Michigan-based health information exchange Great Lakes Health Connect … “From our perspective as a regional health information exchange, we support reasonable regulatory oversight that keeps bad actors in check and encourages the sharing of health information. Our concern as to the proposed rule is how the term ‘data blocking’ is defined and applied. An organization can only block data if it is the originator and sole source of the data.”