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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans’ Administration have demonstrated how sensitive patient data can be transferred electronically while maintaining confidentiality, FierceEMR reports. Developed as part of the Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative (DS4P), the demonstration showed how a patient could consent to a transfer and how data would be tagged according to sensitivity, requiring further authorization from the patient prior to additional disclosure. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts said, “This project helps demonstrate that with proper standards in place, existing privacy laws and policies can be implemented appropriately in an electronic environment.”
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