Meaningful use of electronic health records means meaningful protection of the data in electronic health records. Unless you work in the Obama administration, where, except for national security, timidity is the rule on issue after issue.
As of Aug. 3, it has been 1,264 days since the HITECH Act, which broadly expanded the use of EHRs. The act touted enhanced protections for health information, but contained no mandate for data encryption. Stage 1 of meaningful use didn’t require encryption. The final Stage 2 meaningful use rule has been written and should soon be issued; the proposed rule’s language on encryption can charitably be called timid.
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