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HITECH Takes Effect, Hospitals Report Compliance Difficulties

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 19, 2010

The privacy and security rules of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) took effect this week and already providers are reporting compliance difficulties, reports Washington Technology. The results of a survey released yesterday indicate that nearly a third of 200 hospitals polled are not compliant with the new rules. Some say that could be due to a lack of clarity on the regulations. Nonetheless, "covered entities and their business associates must act immediately..." writes Jeff Drummond of Jackson Walker LLP. Among other must-dos, covered entities should put policies in place to meet the breach notification requirements.
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