Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Patient Data Privacy is Top Priority for New Head of the ONC

Patient privacy was highlighted in a recent interview by Farzad Mostashari, the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
" We need to ensure and maintain the public's trust in health information systems ... to have the confidence that the information is secure where it's kept, where it's moving, and also that their privacy rights are protected." - Farzad Mostashari, head of ONC
Mostashari also emphasized increased enforcement of the HIPAA privacy rule and security rule by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). "OCR recently imposed such civil monetary penalties for entities that violated [HIPAA], and I think we're going to see continued cases like that."
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(a) ONC's Mostashari Outlines Priorities -, May 3, 2011

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