The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state Department of Health, claiming rules adopted to establish a statewide health information exchange do not protect patient privacy.

The rules, according to Rhode Island ACLU, provide virtually no details as to how the HIE would work and protect the privacy and informed consent interests of patients. The Department of Health, according to the suit, intends to address these issues through internal policymaking that is not subject to public notice and comment requirements that rulemaking generally must follow.

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