80% of Americans worry about EHR privacy; CMS launching ACO database with identifiable participant info;

> A recent survey by security firm SailPoint finds that 80 percent of Americans are concerned about moving their personal medical information to EHRs because of the risks of identity theft, exposure of their information on the Internet and the viewing of their records by those not directly related to their care. FierceEMR

> NoMoreClipboard President Jeff Donnell, in a recent interview with FierceEMR, talked about the importance of trust and education in IT implementation in healthcare. "It's all about getting people more comfortable--a new way of doing things," he said. Interview

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will launch a new accountable care organization (ACO) records database that will house personally identifiable information about participants in the Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACO Program, CMS announced last week. The information will include Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare sole proprietors, ACO leaders and managers, and other ACO-related persons and span data, such as names, gender, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, health insurance claim numbers and types of services. FierceHealthcare

> The heavy hitters of health insurers last week launched the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), in which Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealth Group will regularly supply information on more than 5 billion claims to academic researchers. The Institute represents a move to cut pricing variations between Medicare and private health plans. FierceHealthPayer

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