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Hawaii Harmonizes Medical Records Laws

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 11, 2012

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed into law a bill that brings the state’s patient privacy laws into compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Pacific Business News reports. The new law harmonizes more than 50 existing state laws on the use of personal healthcare records, the report states. “This is an excellent legislative step to guarantee consistent protection for patient information and also to ensure that varying and often inconsistent state laws do not create confusion and unnecessary complications to the detriment of both patients and the healthcare industry,” said Wiley Rein’s Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US.
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