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Institute of Medicine, Committee on Regional Health Data Networks, Health Data in the Information Age: Use, Disclosure, and Privacy (Molla S. Donaldson & Kathleen N. Lohr, eds. 1994) (full-text).


This Report advances recommendations related to the public disclosure of quality-of-care information and the protection of the confidentiality of personal health information. The emergence of health database organizations — whether through national health reform, state legislative initiatives, commercial ventures, or local business, medical, and hospital association coalitions — provides the impetus to explore how such assembled patient-level health care information can be used appropriately.