How health tech can secure patient data post-CURES Act

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Troy Bannister, CEO, Particle Health

It’s the central conundrum at the heart of telehealth: How can patients gain access to their most vital medical records without putting privacy at risk? The question is not just one of user activity – historically, healthcare providers have been wary of providing electronic health records (EHRs) directly to patients, due to concerns related to both privacy and control.

Yet with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) CURES Act final rules effective as of April, necessity has dictated innovation. Healthcare providers will still face hurdles on their way to giving patient’s access to their data, and the HHS has provided eight exemptions to these rules, including privacy exemptions, that will give providers some leeway in data decisions.

Aside from these exemptions, however, the...

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