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Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-5683. Send written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections within 30 days of this notice directly to the OS OMB Desk Officer; faxed to OMB at 202-395-5806.

Proposed Project: Generic Clearance for Communications Testing for Comprehensive Communication Campaign for HITECH Act—Revision—OMB No. 0990-0376—Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Abstract: As part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009, ONC is proposing to conduct a nationwide communication campaign to meet the Congressional mandate to educate the public about privacy and security of electronically exchanged personal health information. ONC requires formative and process information about different segments of the public to conduct the campaign effectively. Data collection will occur continuously through the 24 months of the campaign and be used to inform campaign strategies, messages, materials and Web sites. Due to the growing use of mobile devices in exchanging personal health information electronically, ONC is proposing a revision of the currently approved collection to increase focus group burden hours and explore consumer attitudes and preferences regarding the communication of personal health information electronically using mobile devices. Additionally, an increase in burden hours is necessary to understand attitudes and preferences regarding how privacy and security information is presented to consumers electronically. ONC is collaborating with the HHS Office of Civil Rights to oversee the education and communication activities to build approval for HIT adoption and meaningful use, educate the public about privacy and security and increase participation in health information exchange.

Electronic health information exchange promises an array of potential benefits for individuals and the U.S. health care system through improved health care quality, safety, and efficiency. At the same time, this environment also poses new challenges and opportunities for protecting health information, including methods for individuals to engage with their health care providers and affect how their health information may be exchanged.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

FormsType of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Focus GroupGeneral Public62111.5932
Focus Group screeningGeneral Public5,544110/60924
Web usability testingGeneral Public14411.5216
Web usability screeningGeneral Public2,160110/60360
Self-Administered SurveysGeneral Public2,000115/60500
Self-Administered survey screeningGeneral Public8,000110/601,333
Omnibus SurveysGeneral Public2,000110/60333
Cognitive testingGeneral Public251250
Focus GroupHealth Professional28811.5432
ScreeningHealth Professional4,320110/60720
Web usability testingHealth Professional14411.5216
ScreeningHealth Professional2,160110/60360
Self-Administered SurveysHealth Professional2,000115/60500
ScreeningHealth Professional8,000110/601,333
Omnibus SurveysHealth Professional2,000110/60333
In-Depth InterviewsHealth Professional100145/6075
ScreeningHealth Professional1,000110/60167
Total (Overall)40,5068,784

Keith A. Tucker,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 2012-4033 Filed 2-21-12; 8:45 am]