ONC releases videos, playbook to give patients agency in their own care

As part of its effort to empower patients to access to their personal health records, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a series of videos and a playbook.

The announcement was made doing the ONC's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, on the final day that was dedicated to patients.

In a post on the ONC's Health IT Buzz blog, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo writes that the three videos focus on helping patients know their rights under HIPAA, answering questions on fees and timing associated with record access, and providing information on a patient's right to send data to a third party.

In addition to the videos is a Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers. In another post to the blog, Thomas Mason, M.D., ONC's chief medical officer, writes that the tool is "for doctors, nurses, other clinicians, practice staff, hospital administrators and others who wish to leverage health IT to actively engage patients in their health and care."

He adds that the playbook will include "constantly evolving sets of strategies and approaches." DeSalvo's post, Mason's post