In 2002, the project produced an update of the 1999 state summaries.
- The Health Privacy Project's 1999 report, The State of Health Privacy: An Uneven Terrain, provided the first state-by-state guide to health privacy statutes.
The compilation found relevant privacy provisions in statutes covering dozens of subjects, including:
- Professional ethics.
- Health care providers.
- Foster care.
- Public health.
- Real estate.
- Domestic violence.
- The project also established a Health Privacy Working Group (See Appendix for list of members) to identify "best principles" for health privacy. Its report, Best Principles for Health Privacy, outlined 11 principles that should be considered when implementing comprehensive patient privacy policies and practices, including:
- Personal identifiers should be removed from health information whenever possible.
- Privacy protections established when information is collected should govern all use of that data.
- Individuals should have the right to see and supplement their health information.
- Individuals should receive notice about the use and disclosure of health information.
- Except in limited circumstances, personally identifiable health information should not be disclosed without patient authorization.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided three grants totaling $449,563 to support this work from February 1998 and June 2002.
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