Policies in Practice: The Download Capability
Markle Connecting for Health Work Group on Consumer Engagement
Representing a wide array of providers, consumers, technology companies, insurers, and privacy advocates— 50 organizations declare their support for a set of privacy and security practices to help people download their electronic health records.
The public-private collaborative group envisions the blue button as a common offering among secure websites for patients and beneficiaries by medical practices, hospitals, insurers, pharmacies, laboratories, and information services.
The simple, but rarely offered, ability for people to download their health records should be a priority in the nationwide push to upgrade health information technology.
Recommendations reflect consensus on one means by which this can be accomplished today, securely and efficiently, detailing privacy policies and practices for implementing the download capability with sound authentication and security safeguards and suggests practices to help individuals make informed choices about downloading their information.
AARP • Allscripts Healthcare Solutions • American Academy of Family Physicians • American College of Cardiology • American College of Emergency Physicians • American Health Information Management Association • American Medical Association • Anakam Inc. • Axolotl • BlueCross BlueShield Association • Center for Connected Health • The Children’s Partnership • Center for Democracy and Technology • Center for Medical Consumers • Children’s Health Fund • Chilmark Research • Computer SciencesCorporation • Consumers Union • Dossia Consortium • DrFirst • Google • Initiate, an IBM Company • The Institute for Family Health • Intel Corporation • Intuit Health • Keas, Inc. • LifeMasters-StayWell Health Management • Markle Foundation • McKesson Technology Solutions/RelayHealth • MedCommons • Medical Group Management Association • MedicAlert Foundation • Meditech • Microsoft Corporation • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship • National Committee for Quality Assurance • National Partnership for Women & Families • National Quality Forum • NaviNet • Pacific Business Group on Health • PatientsLikeMe • Prematics, Inc. • Press Ganey • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • RTI International • Vanderbilt Center for Better Health • Visiting Nurse Service of New York • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. • WebMD Health • Wellport