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HHS offers model privacy policy
Modern Healthcare

HHS has posted online a model privacy-policy form (PDF) that providers can use with patients whose individually identifiable medical information is posted to a personal health record. The three-page document is available on the newly launched site for healthcare professionals and organizations as well as consumers.

Much of the notice takes the form of a series of questions. One asks providers to identify the purposes—for example, marketing and advertising, medical and pharmaceutical research and software application development—for which it releases PHR data.