CAP Comments on HHS Health Data Breach Guidelines

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 imposes a new duty on health care providers and insurers to notify affected individuals about any breach of their personal health data. The Department of Health and Human Services has asked for comments on the first national guidelines for these medical data breaches.

The Center for American Progress submitted comments today to HHS about the data breach guidelines, together with the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health Initiative, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and other signatories. The comments explain why strong data breach guidelines are essential to the success of ARRA’s unprecedented public investment in health information technology.

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