Two reports from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General take issue with the way HHS agencies are ensuring the security of electronic protected health information and enforcing the HIPAA security rule.

One report covers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when it enforced the security rule until late June 2009, and the Office for Civil Rights since it assumed enforcement of the security rule. The second report covers the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's role in securing data as it has developed a strategy for a national health information network. Both reports are available at

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