HHS promotes private, secure health IT

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to use information technology to give patients greater access to their own health records. The agency is proposing new rules that would allow Americans to get direct, secure, electronic access to their own test results, directly from laboratories. HHS is also creating a template for electronic personal health records. The idea is to standardize the information in simple way, similar to nutrition facts labels. HHS thinks they’ll help build public trust in the systems set up by personal health record companies.