VITL Announces Updates to Secondary Use Policy 

May 24, 2024


On Monday May 20th, VITL’s board of directors approved an update to the Policy on Secondary Use of Protected Health Information on the VHIE by Health Plans and Accountable Care Organizations (“Secondary Use Policy”).​ 

The updated Secondary Use Policy expands how health plans and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can use Vermont Health Information Exchange data, specifically to allow additional Health Care Operations Quality Assessment and Improvement activities, including:​ 

  • Outcomes evaluation and development of clinical guidelines (not research);​ 
  • Patient safety activities;​ 
  • Population-based activities relating to improving health or reducing health care costs;​ 
  • Protocol development; and​ 
  • Case management and care coordination​ 

VITL previously invited comments received on the proposed policy change from participating health care organizations and other stakeholders. We thank commenters for their feedback.