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Protecting Health Data – Beyond the HIPAA Baseline

Over the past few months, the Federal government has issued three important documents relevant to health privacy policy.  Two are reports on consumer privacy – one from the White House and one from the FTC  – that include protection of sensitive health information in their recommendations.  The third is guidance from HHS to state health information exchanges regarding specific policies to protect health information.  

All three assume the HIPAA privacy and security rules are a baseline and recommend (or require in the case of HHS) policies based on fair information practices to protect health data that go beyond HIPAA.  

CDT explains the relevance of these documents for health care stakeholders today in iHealthBeat.