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Committee Explores HITECH Finalization, Enforcement

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 10, 2011

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held its second-ever hearing yesterday to explore several healthcare privacy issues. "Your Health and Your Privacy: Protecting Health Information in a Digital World" called upon witnesses from two government agencies, a healthcare facility and a privacy advocacy group to uncover the current state of healthcare privacy with regard to electronic health records, finalizing HITECH rules, enforcement trends and what is needed to further protect privacy among patients. This Daily Dashboard exclusive looks into questions asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) about why the business associates rule--expanded under HITECH--has not been finalized and the possible effects on patient trust and government enforcement. Editor's Note: For more on HIPAA enforcement, the IAPP is hosting the Web conference, Enforcement Trends in Healthcare Privacy, today at 1 p.m. EST.  
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