image description IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH Health information technology (HIT) is raising the standard of care, improving efficiency, accuracy, and safety.  Multiple doctors can now securely view a patient’s computerized medical records, films, or test results online and conference over the phone.  Once a patient’s health information is stored in a hospital database, the Emergency Department can pull up that person’s records instantly, avoiding potential medical error and saving precious time in a lifethreatening situation.  HIT is even helping to spur medical discoveries and treatment advances. PRESERVING YOUR PRIVACY The Confidentiality Coalition was founded to help maintain the critical balance between guarding individual privacy and allowing for a secure flow of information to improve healthcare for everyone.  While our members are part of the healthcare industry, as individuals we all have been, and will be, patients at some point in our lives.  We support strong security systems to protect private health information. RESPECTING YOUR RIGHTS Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), your medical records are protected by federal law.  HIPAA mandates national standards for electronic healthcare transactions and establishes specific safeguards that any person or organization with access to your information is legally obligated to follow.  The Confidentiality Coalition follows new developments in health privacy laws and regulations to help keep your health information private and secure.


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Confidentiality Coalition General Committee Meeting Minutes – January 2018

On January 25, 2018, Confidentiality Coalition members discussed H.R. 4613, “The Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act.” The coalition heard from various members to receive input on the bill. Coalition members expressed their main concerns surrounding H.R. 4613, including breach notification provisions, sale of personal health information (PHI) and the invalidation of business associate agreements. Coalition members agreed to formally oppose H.R. 4613.

Coalition members also discussed ONC’s recently released TEFCA framework. Members had questions about aspects of the framework. Upcoming coalition comments will seek clarification from the ONC on a variety of items. Members questioned what the TEFCA framework addresses that current and forthcoming regulations do not address (i.e., API, information blocking rule, and OIG action). Coalition members also had questions regarding how HIPAA rules would apply within the TEFCA framework to organizations that are not currently regulated by HIPAA rules.

The last part of the committee discussion revolved around cybersecurity. Members were given a side by side chart of cybersecurity bills. Greg Garcia, the Executive Director for the Cybersecurity of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, will be a guest speaker at the next coalition meeting on February 26. Materials related to NH-ISAC were handed out at the coalition meeting as well. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tina Grande. We look forward to seeing you on February 22 at 3 pm.