Minors seeking mental or reproductive health services may wish to do so without their parents' knowledge. But with electronic health information exchange, confidentiality is tricky.
Privacy, Please: Health Consent Laws for Minors in the Information Age (556 K)
In many states, minors can get abortions, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, or mental health services without their parents' knowledge or consent. In the era of electronic health information exchange (HIE), however, maintaining this confidentiality is a vexing challenge. Information about minors is subject to myriad laws that require health care providers to treat it differently than health information about adults.
Stakeholders are considering different ways to overcome the challenge of electronic exchange of minors' health information:
This issue brief, accessible under Document Downloads, provides an overview of the laws governing disclosure of minors' health information and spotlights the challenges that these laws pose to comprehensive electronic health information exchange.
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