VITL wants to give doctors easier access to medical records
Officials with the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) are talking with stakeholders about a policy change that would give doctors automatic access to patient records unless a patient objects.
The company’s signature program, VITL Access, gives doctors and other clinicians information about patients. Under current policy, patients must give doctors permission to view their records. ...
VITL is required to discuss the policy change with the Office of the Health Care Advocate at Vermont Legal Aid, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.
Allen Gilbert, the outgoing executive director of the ACLU of Vermont, said the organization has always favored an “opt-in” policy for VITL’s systems, because patients will be more likely to know what they’re agreeing to that way.
“We worry about the way the VITL system works even when someone does give consent because there’s no PIN number or code that’s needed to access someone’s records,” Gilbert said, comparing the system to an automated teller machine.
The Office of the Health Care Advocate shares the ACLU's concerns and agrees that Vermonters should be given the chance to choose to allow their records to be shared by "opting in," rather than having their records shared automatically unless they "opt out."