2019 has begun with increasing national interest in the benefits of transparency and patients’ access to their information in health care. Government agencies are focusing on several landmark pieces of health care legislation, including HIPAA and the 21st Century Cures Act. They are asking for input from the public, while the private sector continues to work to update standards for how healthcare data is exchanged among organizations and with patients.
Micky Tripathi, president, and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a non-profit health IT advisory and clinical data analytics company, walks us through what this means and why it’s so important. We introduce you also to Steve O’Neill, BCD, JD, OpenNotes’ mental health liaison, who makes the case for sharing mental health notes with patients.