Two-Day HITECH Act Webcast Slated

Federal Officials Will Outline Privacy Rules, Other Projects
Two-Day HITECH Act Webcast Slated
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host webcasts Dec. 14 and 15 on its efforts to implement the HITECH Act, including its privacy provisions.

The HITECH Act provided funding for electronic health records incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid, called for updates to the HIPAA privacy and security rules and required the reporting of major health information breaches to federal authorities, among many other provisions.

David Blumenthal, M.D., who heads the office within the Department of Health and Human Services, will be a featured speaker. Also featured will be Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, and Donald Berwick, M.D., the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Joy Pritts, ONC's chief privacy officer, will offer a session at 11 a.m. EST Dec. 14 on privacy regulations stemming from the HITECH Act.

More information on all 10 webcast presentations is available at the ONC website.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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