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McGraw: De-Identification Guidance Good First Step

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 4, 2012

The Center for Democracy & Technology’s Deven McGraw says the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issuance of guidance for methods of de-identifying data in healthcare records is “a good first step toward achieving a better quality, less expensive healthcare system that carries the added benefit of better protections for individual patient health records.” Meanwhile, GovInfoSecurity reports on a new Office of Inspector General report recommending the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid improve oversight of the HITECH Act’s incentive program for meaningful use of electronic health records.
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