Jul 312019
 July 31, 2019  Posted by  Business, Healthcare, U.S.

Darrell Etherington reports:

A newly released data model and draft implementation guide for providing directly to patients digital access to historical health insurance claims data could mean you have better access to this info from the devices you use everyday. Called the CARIN Blue Button API, it’s a new model developed by private sector partners, including consumer organizations, insurance providers, digital health app developers and more. This new draft implementation will be in testing with participating companies beginning this year, including a number of different state-specific BlueCross/BlueShield providers, the State of Washington — and Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Read more on TechCrunch. I’m not sure I understand yet how this would presumably work. Would Apple, Google and MSFT have to sign BAA agreements with health insurers and hold to HIPAA and HITECH standards?

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jul 312019
 July 31, 2019  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Shauna Bowers and Vivienne Clark report:

The public services card (PSC) system runs the risk of becoming a centralised database containing intimate, personal information, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty has said.

Philip Alston, a professor of law at New York University, said citizens should “think very carefully” about what private information should be made available and recorded.

Read more on The Irish Times.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jul 312019
 July 31, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Healthcare, Laws

Shaun Grannis, John D. Halamka, and Ben Moscovitch have an opinion piece on STAT that begins:

It isn’t every day that the House of Representatives takes bipartisan action to reverse a policy that’s been in place for two decades. But that’s what happened last month, when Democrats and Republicans alike voted for a measure designed to address a perennial problem that undermines medical record-keeping, puts patients at risk, and costs our health care system billions of dollars every year.

Specifically, the House voted to repeal a 21-year ban on funding for a national patient identifier — a unique number or code comparable to a Social Security number that would be assigned to each and every American. As envisioned, this identifier would make it easier for health care providers to access accurate medical records anywhere, anytime — whether the patient is making a routine office visit in Boston or lying unconscious in a San Francisco emergency room.

Read more on STAT.