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Experts “Mostly Pleased” with HITECH Stage 2 Provisions

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 30, 2012

Privacy and security experts are “mostly pleased” with the provisions included in Stage 2 of the HITECH electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, reports GovInfoSecurity. One provision requires EHR software be designed to encrypt medical records stored on devices by default, which Rebecca Herold, CIPP/US, says “will ultimately improve protection of patient information.” Two other provisions—receiving mixed reviews from the experts—include a risk assessment rule mandating security updates, but not specifically encryption, and a patient access rule requiring that five percent of discharged patients access their EHRs within a specified time period—down from 10 percent in the proposed rule.
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