Thursdays the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of this week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Cerner Innovation, the first application discloses techniques for HIPAA-compliant third party access to electronic medical records. Assigned to Microsoft, the second application discloses a privacy enhancing personal data brokerage service.
20130346103, "HIPAA-compliant third party access to electronic medical records," assigned to Cerner Innovation, Inc.
Methods, computer systems, and computer storage media are provided for providing a third-party user HIPAA-compliant access to an electronic medical record system at a clinical site. A request for a clinical study participant list is received from the third-party user, and it is determined that the third-party user has viewing and access rights with respect to the clinical study participant list. The third-party user can select a participant on the clinical study participant list and access the participant's electronic medical record within the electronic medical record system. The electronic medical record is presented to the third-party user in a read-only view, and the third-party user is prevented from searching the EMR system for other electronic medical records.
20130346310, "Privacy Enhancing Personal Data Brokerage Service," assigned to Microsoft.
The subject disclosure is directed towards a technology by which access to a protected entity's data is controlled by a data brokerage service. The service determines whether a requesting entity has appropriate access rights to requested information, and if so, the service returns a response corresponding to the protected data. In one aspect, the protected data may be location data of a protected entity that is maintained independent of a payment instrument. The location data is used to compute feasibility information as to whether the protected entity is authorized to perform a transaction using the payment instrument.