Patient Privacy Rights unveils PHR report card

Are personal health records privacy risks? Most people are at a loss trying to figure that out, according to the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, which is the premise behind its new report card on selected PHRs.

“They’re pretty much an unregulated new product,” said Ashley Katz, executive director of the Austin, Texas-based not-for-profit…

…Even after passage of the stimulus law, which extended the HIPAA privacy and security rules to those PHR vendors that contract with covered entities under certain circumstances, several prominent PHR “platform” vendors such as Microsoft Corp. and Google, questioned whether HIPAA privacy and security provisions of the new law applied to them.

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