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ACLU Sues RI Dept. of Health over Regulations

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 30, 2010

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Health, alleging that newly adopted regulations fail to adequately protect patient privacy, The Providence Journal reports. The organization says the regulations, developed by the Department of Health as the state transitions to the electronic exchange of health information, do not provide sufficient detail on how the system will work. The department has therefore violated the Administrative Procedure Act, the suit alleges. An ACLU statement said the regulations provide "virtually no details as to how the system would actually work and how it would protect the privacy, confidentiality and informed consent interests of patients."
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