Advocacy and Privacy Issues

Health information technology is being rapidly deployed throughout the healthcare system in both general healthcare delivery settings as well as mental health settings. AACAP is working with the APA, AAP and other professional organizations to address the issues of HIPAA compliance and privacy issues specific for psychiatric patients and children and their families in the medical records. As government and commercial incentive programs are driving the adoption of electronic medical record systems, AACAP is joining with partner organizations to ensure that the specifications of information systems adequately take into consideration the special characteristics inherent in both pediatric and mental health service delivery.

The Task Force on Health Information Technology has addressed concerns about confidentiality issues within health information technology with a policy statement that was approved by Council on November 27, 2012. Policy Statement: Confidentiality in HIT.

AACAP Response to Federal Regulation on HIT
AACAP regularly provides input on the implementation of federal laws related to child psychiatry and children's mental health by providing comments to federal agencies during the development of regulations. Below are links to AACAP's comments specifically on the regulations focusing on the EHR Incentive Programs.

AACAP Comments to Meaningful Use Stage 2 (May 2012)

AACAP Comments to EHR Regulations (March 2010)