The breach notification rule will drive physician practices to improve their data security, says Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association in Englewood, Colo.

Speaking at the Safeguarding Health Information conference in Washington, Tennant noted that the last thing a practice in a small town wants is to see their name in the newspaper because of a breach. In a panel discussion on the HIPAA security rule, Tennant offered several suggestions to federal officials:

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