Health Information Management

Report issued on privacy protections applicable to electronic information

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 2, 2009

The economic stimulus package approved on Feb. 17 included billions of dollars for health information technology, but the easy use and disclosure of electronic health information raises significant concerns about patient privacy. The report, “Patient Privacy in the Era of Health Information Technology: Overview of the Issues,” by The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services takes a look at these concerns.
The report, released in February 2009, examines the privacy protections applicable to electronic health information, the scope and limitations of those protections, and proposed options for revising them. In addition, the report reviews the privacy protections included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the economic stimulus legislation.
Click here to read the report.

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