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Privacy in the era of EHRs — What's the lab's responsibility?

from Clinical Laboratory News (March 2011 issue)

The federal government, as well as many in healthcare, have touted the move to electronic health records (EHR) as key to boosting more coordinated and efficient care. Starting this year, physicians and hospitals can begin cashing in on government incentives for deploying EHRs, and regulators have made it clear that lab data is a critical component. But while both consumer advocates and regulators have ramped up pressure on providers to maintain the privacy and security of patient health information, at the same time EHRs will ostensibly allow more sharing of information, potentially pulling labs and other providers in two directions. more

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