Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy and Technology writes for iHealthBeat that while many Americans support the use of electronic health records, significant data security concerns remain. "Building and maintaining public trust in health IT and health information sharing will be critical to leveraging their benefits to improve individual and population health," writes McGraw. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Department of Human Services need to take "big, concrete steps" toward a comprehensive privacy and security policy and framework, McGraw adds. She recommends preliminary steps including acting on the policy committee's recommendations, releasing the final HITECH modifications to HIPAA and issuing the Nationwide Health Information Network Governance rule.
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