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Hospitals Prepare To Digitize Records for Sharing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 14, 2013

In Texas, a new program will digitize the medical records of every hospital in the San Antonio region, Texas Public Radio reports. The data—about 600,000 records in total—will eventually be shared in real time with hospitals, doctors and patients themselves. Patients are permitted to opt out if they wish. Meanwhile, VMware has announced a new service aimed at helping with HIPAA security requirements by providing Business Associate Agreements. “The healthcare IT industry needs trusted, reliable and stable business associates that will help address the appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguard requirements under HIPAA security rules," said the chief information officer at Hackensack University Medical Center.
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