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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is calling on congress to further improve the privacy and security of health information, Health Data Management reports. In testimony yesterday, the center's Deven McGraw said, "The prospect of storing and moving personal health data electronically in an environment where security is a low institutional priority should give us all pause." The CDT wants congress to deny certain incentive payments to entities that significantly violate the HIPAA privacy and security rules and mandate encryption, among other measures. "We need--through certified electronic health record requirements and enhancements to the HIPAA Security Rule--stronger requirements with respect to data security, as well as more proactive education and guidance from regulators."
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