HHS offers health IT privacy guidelines

Brian Robinson reports in Government Health IT:

The Health and Human Services Department has begun overhauling the privacy and security rules that govern personal health information, which is considered vital to attempts by Congress and the Obama administration to broaden the adoption of electronic health records.

HHS published guidance on April 17 that outlines the ways that health information can be protected from security breaches. It builds on rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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