Rhode Island addresses patient data privacy, security

Lawmakers in Rhode Island this week introduced legislation that would create a set of patient safeguards that go beyond existing state and federal privacy and data security protections for shared information in preparation for the launch of a statewide health information exchange (HIE).

The legislation, called the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008, will “establish safeguards and confidentiality protections for the HIE in order to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare, keep confidential health information secure and confidential, and use the HIE to progress toward meeting public health goals.”

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