Kolodner unveils AHIC’s privacy policy framework

Robert Kolodner, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, revealed at a meeting of a key federal healthcare IT advisory panel Tuesday that his staff has begun work on a healthcare privacy policy to accompany the government’s IT promotion efforts.

Kolodner’s presentation on Developing a Privacy and Security Framework came near the close of a meeting of the 18-member American Health Information Community in Washington. The AHIC was established in 2005 by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to advise him on healthcare IT policy. Kolodner co-chaired the AHIC meeting with Leavitt. It was his first AHIC meeting as co-chairman, replacing David Brailer, who resigned last week.

Kolodner said members of the AHIC’s staff have been working hard on a framework of privacy principles, setting up a comparison of principles from five sources that have developed “high-level” policy statements over the past four decades. The goal is to build a national consensus around a “harmonized” set of privacy principles.

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