SPOTLIGHT: EHRs are important now, but just wait…


The American Medical Informatics Association last week issued a report that predicts efforts to access and use health care data for purposes unrelated to patient care are quite likely to grow as EHR adoption increases. Among other things, the report calls for a national framework for secondary uses of health information. As defined by the report, secondary use of health information includes: marketing and other commercial uses; payment; provider certification or accreditation; public health purposes; quality and safety measurement; and research. A national framework would ease "the broad and repeated collection, storage, aggregation, linkage and transmission of health data with appropriate protections for legitimate secondary use," the report states. Article

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