As Reports of Privacy Breaches Mount, HHS Proposes Rules on Disclosures of Personal Health Data


The HITECH Act expanded the reach of HIPAA's privacy and security protections. Recent large fines imposed on violators show the Act'

s teeth have gotten very sharp. Dumb mistakes (like leaving a hospital's records in an unlocked vehicle -- true story) can lead to big liability.

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