HHS Explains Data Scrubbing For HIPAA Privacy Compliance

Law360, New York (November 27, 2012, 5:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released long-awaited guidance on how health insurers, clearinghouses and medical providers can scrub patient records of identifying data, allowing the information to be exempted from privacy restrictions and used in clinical studies.

The guidance — put forth as electronic information technology becomes more widespread and presents tantalizing opportunities for research — presents two methods by which health care companies can satisfy a so-called de-identification standard contained within the privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and...
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