R.I. ACLU sues state over rules governing medical records

Felice J. Freyer reports:

A suit filed [last] Tuesday alleges that newly adopted regulations fail to adequately protect patient privacy under the state’s developing system for exchanging electronic medical records.

The suit by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union says that regulations developed by the state Department of Health are full of gaps that leave patients vulnerable.

The regulations govern the Health Information Exchange, a system that will enable doctors, hospitals, laboratories and pharmacies to easily access and exchange patient information.

Read more in the Providence Journal.

A copy of the complaint can be found on the ACLU’s web site, as can their press release.

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