As with other stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program, the initial iteration of Stage 3 that was published as a proposed rule on March 20 includes an objective to protect electronic protected health information.

Policymakers propose to reuse in Stage 3 the security objective language used in Stage 2. But following confusion between security requirements under the Stage 2 language and requirements under the HIPAA security rule, more clarifications are added in subsequent explanations of the security objective in Stage 3.

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