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December 07, 2022    

Data Exchange for Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Navigating Privacy and Security Risks

This Briefing is brought to you by AHLA’s Hospitals and Health Systems and Health Information and Technology Practice Groups.
  • December 07, 2022
  • Bethany A. Corbin , Nixon Gwilt Law

Effective and seamless patient care coordination is a priority for the health care industry. In a world of frequent travel, electronic medical records, increased specialty referrals, and remote patient monitoring, patients have more care options than ever before. At each point in the medical encounter chain, patient health data is created, maintained, used, and stored by health care organizations and providers. Yet, the goal of interoperability—the seamless transfer of health care data between separate health care institutions—remains a work in progress, as providers try to navigate the complex web of health care privacy laws governing the disclosure of medical records and protected health information (PHI). This briefing describes three common privacy and security risks health care providers and institutions face when attempting to coordinate patient care involving substance use disorder (SUD) data, and the disclosure of SUD data to obtain reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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