Long-Awaited HHS Data Sharing Rules Raise Privacy Worries

January 30, 2020 Mayuri Kumar

As the wait continues for federal regulators to issue final rules for health IT interoperability and information blocking prevention, some industry stakeholders are raising serious concerns about the privacy of patient data accessed and shared using application programming interfaces and mobile consumer apps.

The use of standardized APIs is a key component in the Department of Health and Human Service's proposals aimed at providing patients with the ability to securely access and share their health data contained in electronic medical records and related health IT systems using smartphones and other consumer devices.

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