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    Events of Interest: HHS and FTC Roundtable on Health Records (Dec. 3)

    The Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission will hold a roundtable, “Personal Health Records Understanding the Evolving Landscape” on December 3. “The purpose of this Roundtable is to collect information that will assist in preparation of the Congressional report mandated by Section 13424 of the HITECH Act, which directed the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, to conduct a study and make recommendations related to the application of privacy and security requirements to non-HIPAA Covered Entities (non-CEs), with a focus on personal health record (PHR) vendors and related service providers.”

    Panel 1 – PHRs: Origins, Developments, Privacy and Security Practices
    The first panel will describe and discuss the history and current state of personal health records, including types of PHR vendors, business models, and privacy and security practices.

    Panel 2 – PHRs and Related Technologies: New Forms, New Audiences, and New Challenges
    The second panel will discuss how PHRs are evolving, including the connection to mobile technologies and social networking, and will address privacy and security practices and challenges in this evolving context. The panelists will address how PHR vendors are reaching out to new markets and patient populations.

    Panel 3 – Privacy and Security of Identifiable Health Information in PHRs and Related Technologies: Expectations and Concerns
    The third panel will provide information on and discuss consumer expectations and concerns related to the privacy and security of identifiable health information in PHRs and related technologies. It will also explore the attitudes of health care providers and industry groups to the privacy and security of PHRs.

    Panel 4 – Perspectives on Privacy and Security Requirements for PHRs and Related Technologies
    The final panel will address the need for privacy and security requirements for PHRs and related non-CE entities, in accordance with the study required by Congress. It will provide a forum for different views on the appropriate regulation, if any, or other requirements that should be applicable to non-CE PHRs and related service providers and technologies. This panel will have two sub-panels. The first sub-panel will include representatives of federal and state agencies with current enforcement authority. The second sub-panel will explore whether there is a need for regulation and other requirements and the pros and cons of different approaches to government regulation and private sector oversight.

    Date: Friday, December 3, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. checkin)
    Location: FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20001
    For more information: http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=3169

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