DOH adopts rules to protect patient information in CHARS database

October 22, 2015

The Department of Health (DOH) has adopted rules to further define standards for access to patient information in the state’s Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS).

WSHA worked with the DOH to offer comments and voice concerns during several stakeholder workshops, and appreciated the opportunity to participate in the pre-rulemaking process. The adopted rules provide definitions of available data sets and clarify restrictions on who may access specific data sets, and under what conditions.

The new rules become effective on Oct. 23, 2015. Information about CHARS and CHARS data is available here on the DOH website. (Zosia Stanley)


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