News from NATE! – July 7, 2017


On July 24th, ONC will host a workshop to gather information about successful network to network exchange of health information, as outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act. The workshop will be in-person and webcast, and is the first in a series of three.

As part of the first meeting, ONC will share the results of a recent analysis of existing frameworks that support the interoperable flow of health information across disparate networks and supportive principles related to enabling trusted exchange nationally. NATE’s Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Framework was evaluated as part of this analysis and will be discussed during the meeting.

Monday, July 24, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Webinar Link:
To attend this meeting via webinar, please click here: Register

To attend this meeting in person, please RSVP by Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to

New CME Training to Educate Providers about the HIPAA Right of Access

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched a new video training module for healthcare providers on patients’ right of access under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

The video module provides an in-depth review of the components of the HIPAA right of access and ways in which it enables individuals to be more involved in their own care.  The module provides helpful suggestions about how healthcare providers can integrate aspects of the HIPAA access right into medical practice.

This module also addresses questions around the patient’s right to direct that their information be sent to a third party, including a patient’s choice of mobile app. One fact not included in this video: If a provider is using an MU2 certified EMR, the capability is already built in for patient records to be sent to a consumer controlled app via Direct secure messaging with very little additional effort. Just call your EMR implementer and request that they set up an “Organizational Workflow Address” that subscribes to the NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle. NATE’s NBB4C includes nearly a dozen Direct-enabled apps that meet or exceed criteria considered to be the most important characteristics of a trustworthy steward of consumer health information. NATE can help with additional questions on this topic.

The OCR video module is available via Medscape at: or via OCR’s Training and Resources webpage at

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Webinar

In June, ONC announced the winners of the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge. The challenge called on designers, developers, and health data privacy experts to use the content from the Model Privacy Notice (MPN) template to create an online tool that could generate a user-friendly snapshot of a product’s privacy practices. NATE worked with its members to provide advice to the ONC on the MPN in 2016.

Hear from each of the winners as they demonstrate and discuss their solutions:

Date & Time: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Register: ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Webinar 

AHIMA, IHE Seeking Public Comment on Patient Registration White Paper

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are seeking public comments on their joint white paper entitled “Patient Registration Demographic Data Capture and Exchange.”

The paper specifies the requirements and constraints for patient demographic data that should be collected and exchanged for patient registration during an emergency department visit at a healthcare provider. The intended audience of the white paper includes healthcare IT departments, technical staff of vendors participating in the IHE initiative, experts involved in standards development, and individuals interested or involved in integrating healthcare information systems and workflows.

The white paper is available for download here. Those who wish to submit comments may download the Public Comment Form here. The form contains instructions for recording and submitting comments.

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