The amount of health data generated in digital form, stored in electronic databases internal or external to physician offices, and transmitted to and from family physicians’ practices continues to grow exponentially. The following data stewardship guidelines are intended to facilitate the appropriate collection, storage, transmission, analysis, and reporting of these data. Execution of these processes must be in a manner that is ethical and protects the interests, including the privacy and confidentiality, of both the patients and physicians generating this data.
These guidelines specifically address the conditions under which de-identified clinical and administrative data derived from physicians’ electronic systems is collected and used by third parties, e.g., public and private health plans, retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and intermediaries, such as clearinghouses or application service providers, who store personal health data in remote systems.
NOTE: Nothing herein or below shall be construed as contravening the standards for health information contained in HIPAA relating to privacy, confidentiality, or security of personal health information. Generally, the recommendations below pertain to de-identified and aggregated data only.
(2004) (2009 COD)
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