HHS head calls for voluntary e-health privacy guidelines
Bob Brewin reports:
The head of the Health and Human Services Department called for the health care industry to develop voluntary guidelines to ensure the privacy of patient-controlled personal health records rather than allow the federal government to mandate rules.
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, speaking Monday at the Nationwide Health Information Network Forum in Washington, said if the government mandated how vendors must protect the privacy of personal electronic health records, then he would not see widespread adoption of e-health records “in my lifetime.”
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