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Who is impacted by the move of Stage 2 Meaningful Use?
On November 30, 2011 HHS announced that they approve of the proposed push of Stage 2 Meaningful Use from 2013 to 2014 that has been talked about since July of this year. But who does this decision really impact?
Wanted: A cure for medical data breaches.
Data breaches in healthcare are certainly not new. Most data breaches today occur when electronic patient information (known as "protected health information" or PHI in the HIPAA regulation) is stored unencrypted on a device that is lost or stolen. All of the data breach laws in effect today state that as long as the data or device are encrypted, there is no data breach and therefore no liability or legal remedy. So if it's that easy, why do the number of breaches in healthcare continue to grow at alarming rates?