Health care: HITECH

health care 0410Two new federal laws, ARRA and the HITECH Act, aim to do what many say HIPAA has failed to do for the past 14 years: force health care practitioners to get serious about protecting patient health care records. As well, the Obama administration aims to wean health care data off of paper and over to electronic medical records by 2011. Doctors say protection of patient privacy and confidentiality is an integral aspect of their professional practice. However, with budget challenges and lack of security awareness, many health care practices are a long way from compliance. This special ebook from SC Magazine examines how practices around encryption, privacy and security can aid health care practitioners.

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