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Prescription Drug Data: HHS Has Issued Health Privacy and Security Regulations but Needs to Improve Guidance and Oversight
Gregory C. Wilshusen (au)
Prescribing medications and filling those prescriptions increasingly relies on the electronic collection of individualsäó» health information and its exchange among health care providers, pharmacies, and other parties. While this can enhance efficiency and accuracy, it also raises privacy and security concerns. Federal law establishes the authority for the Sec. of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop standards for protecting individualsäó» health information (which includes Medicare beneficiaries) and to ensure that covered entities (such as health care providers and pharmacies) and their business associates comply with these requirements. This report reviewed prescription drug use data protections to determine the extent to which HHS has established a framework to ensure the privacy and security of Medicare beneficiariesäó» protected health information when data on prescription drug use are used for purposes other than direct clinical care. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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