Thursday, September 18, 2008

GAO's Follow-up Report on Protecting the Privacy of EPHI

At a February 2007 Senate hearing, GAO banged on HHS for failing, among other things, to create privacy milestones in its efforts to create a nationwide electronic medical records system. This week GAO issued a follow-up report finding that while HHS has made progress, "they have fallen short of fully implementing GAO’s recommendation" -- "that HHS include in its overall privacy approach a process for ensuring that key privacy principles and challenges are completely and adequately addressed."

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