Health IT Stimulus Bill Contains Critical Privacy, Security Provisions

CDT applauds the critical privacy and security protections Congress included in the health information technology (health IT) portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the proposed economic recovery bill. Before billions are spent building a nationwide health IT network, privacy and security concerns must be addressed upfront to ensure the public trust and widespread adoption of the network. CDT believes it is critical for privacy and security provisions to remain in the legislation and looks forward to working with Congress to ensure a comprehensive privacy framework is in place to protect health information.