Thursday, April 29, 2010

HITECH Heating Up Again

Originally scheduled to go into effect in February, the HITECH Act, which extends HIPAA confidentiality and information protection rules to entities including law firms, was put on hold in March. The government had promised more detailed guidelines would be published ahead of time, but didn't deliver.

Now the Department of Health and Human services announced that it plans to issue these updates next month. It remains to be seen if they deliver these guidelines on schedule, but law firms should not lose site of these coming data privacy regulations.

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