Electronic health records

HHS' pending data-sharing rules spark fight over patient records

Alex Azar, secretary of HHS
Alex Azar, secretary of HHS. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

There's an intense lobbying fight over Health and Human Services' pending health care data-sharing rules, Politico reports.

Between the lines: The fight involves hospitals, digital health firms and patient advocates.

Federal mandate for publishing clinical trials wasn't enforced

illustration of a doctor holding an electronic file
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Federal officials are doing little or nothing to enforce a 2017 law that requires drugmakers and researchers to log their clinical trials into a federal database, according to an investigation published in Science.

Why it matters: The law was designed to give the public, along with outside researchers, more access to information about drugs' safety and efficacy.