The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) agrees
with the basic premise maintained in recent news reports that more needs to
be done in the federal government's effort to lead the way with sound
policy to protect the privacy of patient health information as we move
toward electronic health records and health information exchange. However,
attention must be paid to the complexity of aligning the desires of 300
million Americans with the goals, objectives and needs of our nation's
healthcare community, 50 state legislatures, governors, Congress and the Bush
administration's healthcare policymakers.
AHIMA strongly supports the integration of privacy and security
protections throughout the evolution of our healthcare information system.
And while no one should expect fast answers and simple solutions in such a
complex environment, much is being done to deliver to Americans an
EHR system that secures individuals from misuse of
personal health information, protects healthcare consumers' rights and
meets their needs when they most need fast, accurate health information.
AHIMA, our health information management professionals and our
industry are all striving to work with providers, consumers, legislators
and policymakers at the state and national level to create and continually
improve an environment that widely protects the confidentiality of health
information; uses high, uniform standards of confidentiality and security
to protect each healthcare consumer; does not tolerate the misuse of any
personal health information and makes full use of health information
technology and standards that ensure health information security and make
that secure health information available for the entire American
Linda KlossCEOAmerican Health Information Management AssociationChicago
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