The Government Accountability Office today released a report, that says while various efforts are under way to address privacy and security of a nationwide health information exchange, HHS is in the early stages and "has not yet defined an overall approach for integrating its various privacy-related initiatives and addressing key privacy principles, nor has it defined milestones for integrating the results of these activities."

The report highlights key challenges of protecting electronic personal health information that include:

  • Understanding and resolving legal and policy issues.
  • Ensuring appropriate disclosure.
  • Ensuring individuals' rights to request access and amendments to health information.
  • Implementing adequate security measures for protecting health information.

Wayne Hanson  | 

Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.