A national health information network should run on the existing Internet and be decentralized, governed by a public-private organization and patient-centered to ensure the privacy of health information, HHS said in a 72-page report. Key challenges remain, including finding initial and operational funding, deciding on requisite data standards and handling significant privacy concerns. The report distills nearly 5,000 pages of public comment that followed HHS' request for ideas on a proposed national health-information network. Respondents said the federal government was "uniquely positioned" to advance a network but that public-private cooperation was essential. Read the report. -- by Joseph Conn
HHS summarizes comment on national health network
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