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McGraw: Update to HIPAA Needed Soon

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 12, 2011

As electronic health records and information exchanges proliferate, privacy and security issues must be addressed in order to improve the quality of healthcare, says Deven McGraw, co-chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team advising federal healthcare leaders. McGraw tells HealthcareInfoSecurity she feels that although her team has given the Department of Health and Human Services "a lot of good recommendations over the past year...few of them have been acted on yet." She recently testified before a Senate subcommittee to express concern about the delays in HIPAA updates. Meanwhile, she writes in a recent blog post that breach reports should include details about the impact on affected patients or providers.
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