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The data use and reciprocal services agreement (DURSA) is the legal, multi-party trust agreement that is entered into voluntarily by all entities, organizations and Federal agencies that desire to engage in electronic health information exchange with each other using an agreed upon set of national standards, services and policies developed in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The DURSA builds upon the various legal requirements that Participants are already subject to and describes the mutual responsibilities, obligations and expectations of all Participants under the Agreement. All of these responsibilities, obligations and expectations created a framework for safe and secure health information exchange, and are designed to promote trust among Participants and protect the privacy, confidentiality and security of the health data that is shared.

The DURSA is based upon the existing body of law (Federal, state, local) applicable to the privacy and security of health information and is supportive of the current policy framework for health information exchange. The DURSA is intended to be a legally enforceable contract that represents a framework for broad-based information exchange among a set of trusted entities.

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