Monday, October 5, 2009

Consumer Preferences Draft Requirements Document - Public Feedback Period Now Open

This is part of an itterative process between HHS/ONC and HITSP/NHIN. Anyone interested should definitely get involved in the HITSP Consumer Preferences tiger team.

Consumer Preferences Draft Requirements Document - Public Feedback Period Now Open

The Office of Interoperability and Standards and ONC are pleased to announce the release of the Consumer Preferences Draft Requirements Document for public input. The document will be available for public feedback for a period of 10 business days, ending October 16, 2009.  The Requirements Document and instructions for providing feedback can be found at

The Consumer Preferences Draft Requirements Document addresses the processes, information exchanges, stakeholders, functional requirements, and issues and obstacles surrounding consumer preferences. This requirements document is intended to address the various types of consumer preferences and be supportive of current and potential future policies.  This requirements document will assist the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) in identifying, harmonizing, and/or facilitating the development of standards which address consumer preferences.

The OIS Consumer Preference Team would greatly appreciate your feedback on the requirements document. Please review the requirements document at your convenience and provide any feedback you may have by October 16, 2009.  Please note that submissions should not contain any proprietary or private information as they may be made available for public inspection.

All comments will be analyzed, dispositioned and utilized where appropriate in the development of the final Consumer Preferences Requirements Document. A disposition report outlining how comments were addressed will be made publicly available after the publication of the final document.

Thank you for your time, attention and input regarding this important matter.

Carol A. Bean, PhD, MLS, MPH
Acting Director
Office of Interoperability and Standards
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

1 comment:

  1. This draft of the Consumer Preferences is very minimal. It requires simply Implied Consent, Explicit Consent, Explicit Dissent, and Explicit Dissent with Break-Glass. There is some discussions on data segmentation, but mostly left as a future. It hints that more complex consents could be given, but puts them clearly in the future. It further leaves lots of room for the typical operational aspects of obtaining consent, communicating consent, organizational disagreements, etc. HITSP already supports all of this through TP30, TP20, etc….

    It is unfortunate that the more complex privacy policies are not outlined, not because we can handle them but rather because the lack of detailed policies prevent us from knowing if the work of HL7/OASIS will satisfy the need.

    The non-privacy preferences are relegated to the ‘data elements’ section with no explanation. HITSP already does have some of these supported in our CDA documents. But without details it is hard to know if we do have them supported or not.