Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Markle Foundation releases new policy guide for health IT

NEW YORK – The Markle Foundation has issued a new resource to help organizations implementing health IT navigate governance, individual consent, procurement and other areas related to secure information sharing.

The May 3rd release of the new Policies in Practice updates a similar resource, the Common Framework, released by Markle in 2006. Since then, the health IT landscape has dramatically transformed, Markle officials said. The passage of the HiTECH Act, new waves of regulation and increased investment in and adoption of health IT have brought both challenges and opportunities.

Markle gathered a diverse group of leaders with expertise in health information sharing, technology, privacy and consumer engagement to develop the Policies in Practice resources through a collaborative effort.

Markle President Zoë Baird Budinger said the foundation produced the guide to address some of the key issues and concerns expressed by those implementing health information sharing efforts at the local, state and regional level.

“The landscape for health information sharing is changing,” said Laura Bailyn, senior director for health initiatives at Markle. “As health information sharing needs and capabilities continue to evolve, it is critical to incorporate new knowledge and lessons learned.”

Bailyn emphasized that the Policies in Practice are not intended to replace the original Markle Common Framework, but to supplement it.

The new Policies in Practice addresses key laws and regulations; consent issues; individual access; governance and procurement.

Find a copy of the new Policies in Practice here.


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