Meaningful use drives Direct exchange, health data disclosure policies

ATLANTA -- While meaningful use of EHRs fosters a set of patient-centric data access principles, it doesn't offer a blueprint for the IT back-end support. As the U.S. healthcare system moves into stage 2, those parties charged with making health information exchange happen will have to deal with some thorny technical issues.

On-site in Atlanta at the 85th Annual AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, we sat down with MRO Corp. executives to talk about privacy and the difficult issues of separating HIV, behavioral services and substance abuse data from other health data and controlling its disclosure.

David Borden, chief technology officer, and Gavin Krumenacker, vice president of HIE services and business development, also discuss how meaningful use stage 2 and its patient-engagement mandates shape their customers' technology buying decisions. Stage 2 is, they predict, going to drive the mass adoption of Direct exchange.

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This was first published in October 2013

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