Sometime before the end of March, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will be releasing new tools to help providers wanting to digitize the process of obtaining patient consent before releasing their medical records to regional or statewide health information exchanges.
The tools, developed in a pilot project in western New York, include educational videos that can be shown to patients on tablet computers, which also run software that enables patients to digitally record their consent (or not). The videos were developed following a random survey of western New Yorkers and several focus group meetings, with the aim of ascertaining what patients might want to know before they commit to making their electronic records available to the exchange.
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