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HHS Extends ANPRM Comment Period

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 7, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline to October 26 for comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to the Common Rule, which governs research conducted by federal agencies on human subjects, Lexology reports. The HHS proposes that the ANPRM include HIPAA standards for personally identifiable information and de-identified information; mandatory data protection standards, and more robust enforcement mechanisms, including random audits. The notice states, "Rapidly evolving advances in technology, coupled with the increasing volume of data readily available, may soon allow identification of an individual from data that is currently considered de-identified." 
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