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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has developed a set of fundamental principles and list of operational tenets it recommends as a blueprint for protecting the security of patients’ health records and ensuring the quality of that information on the Web.
The three fundamental principals are: E-health organizations should provide an easily understandable notice of their health information practices that informs consumers what personal health information is being collected, who is collecting it and how it is being used; these organizations should make it easy to collect authentic, accurate, timely and complete individually identifiable personal health data; and they should maintain individually identifiable personal health information in such a way that ensures it is private, secure, and retained or destroyed only in accordance with the consumer’s authorization or applicable law.
AHIMA’s list of 39 tenets and how they apply to providers, consumers, and third parties is available in the November/December issue of the Journal of the AHIMA, and on-line at www.ahima.org/infocenter/guidelines/tenets.html.