Fierce Health Payer December 16, 2019
Heather Landi

The lines between health data and consumer data are blurred, according to CHIME, and federal interoperability rules need to address data privacy and security when data are transferred to third-party apps. 

A leading organization for chief information officers in healthcare is urging Congress to take action to protect patients’ data privacy as proposed federal rules aim to open up medical data to third-party apps.

In a letter sent to Reps. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, on Monday, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) warned a proposed interoperability rule does not provide sufficient safeguards to prevent patients’ sensitive information from being misused by consumer apps, the organization said. 

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