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Opinion: Trust and Interoperability Needed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 28, 2012

A perspective piece from the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Deven McGraw in iHealthBeat examines the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s announcement it is “dropping its plans to issue regulations setting voluntary ‘rules of the road’ for participation in the Nationwide Health Information Network.” McGraw suggests that plan removes a “potential tool for advancing a framework of standards and policies to enable digital health information exchange among providers and patients,” noting the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules are also “critical policy tools for advancing conditions of trust for nationwide health information exchange.” Wiley Rein’s Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, writes in The Privacy Advisor on the “top 10 issues and unanswered questions” surrounding the still-unpublished final HIPAA/HITECH rules.
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