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Health Information Technology: Efforts Continue but Comprehensive Privacy Approach Needed for National Strategy

GAO-07-988T Published: Jun 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2007.
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In April 2004, President Bush called for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of health information technology (IT). The plan is to recommend methods to ensure the privacy of electronic health information. GAO was asked to summarize its January 2007 report. The report describes the steps HHS is taking to ensure privacy protection as part of its national health IT strategy and identifies challenges associated with protecting electronic health information exchanged within a nationwide health information network.

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