Testimony of Deven McGraw: Standards for Health IT: Meaningful Use and Beyond
Survey data consistently show the public supports health IT but is very concerned about the risks health IT poses to individual privacy. Contrary to the views expressed by some, privacy is not the obstacle to health IT. Appropriately addressing privacy and security is key to realizing the technologyʼs potential benefits. Widespread adoption and use of health IT to improve individual and population health will fail without the public's trust.
To build and maintain this trust, we need the "second generation" of health privacy — specifically, a comprehensive, flexible privacy and security framework that sets clear parameters for access, use and disclosure of personal health information for all entities engaged in e-health.