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Toward a national framework for the secondary use of health data: an American Medical Informatics Association White Paper.

J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jan-Feb;14(1):1-9. Epub 2006 Oct 31.

American Medical Informatics Association, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 401, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

Secondary use of health data applies personal health information (PHI) for uses outside of direct health care delivery. It includes such activities as analysis, research, quality and safety measurement, public health, payment, provider certification or accreditation, marketing, and other business applications, including strictly commercial activities. Secondary use of health data can enhance health care experiences for individuals, expand knowledge about disease and appropriate treatments, strengthen understanding about effectiveness and efficiency of health care systems, support public health and security goals, and aid businesses in meeting customers' needs. Read More

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