Healthcare organizations fight EHR accessibility

As the Trump administration pushes forth plans to make electronic health records accessible through apps, medical organizations are pushing back, citing privacy concerns, according to The New York Times.

The opposition comes from several organizations and industry groups, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which have warned that requiring patient records to be accessible via data-sharing apps could open up “serious data abuses,” the NY Times reported.

The issue at heart is new patient record rules proposed from HHS that aim to make it easier for patients to access their medical records. The rules would specifically require healthcare providers to make the information available for free on digital apps. Healthcare stakeholders are reportedly meeting with policymakers to “push for changes to the rules.”

The report comes a few weeks after a separate report found 32 million patient records had been breached during the first six months of 2019.

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