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Proposed Federal Budget Includes Millions for Health IT Privacy Research

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 3, 2010

The proposed Department of Health and Human Services budget for fiscal 2011 includes funding related to health IT's potential impact on privacy, InformationWeek reports. In addition to requests for $32 million toward the implementation of the national electronic medical records database, the budget proposes $1.6 million for the Office of Civil Rights to fund regional privacy advisors and $1 million for an independent evaluation of the adoption of health IT. The budget brief also includes $4 million in funding to be used to identify consumer perspectives on e-health tools, support state implementation of HITECH grants and "anticipate and mitigate unintended consequences of the electronic exchange of health information."
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