Chapter 1

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HIPAA: Intent versus Actuality of the Law in Upholding the Privacy of Health Records

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Overview

Whether you are for it or against it, the new healthcare reform law and its many provisions have pushed health information technology (HIT) into the forefront, kindling hope for a brighter tomorrow. Goals of higher life expectancies, lower rates of medical errors, fairer standards of pricing, and greater transparency of information may be achieved for all through HIT. Yet, the controversy and backlash that has been received about healthcare reform ...

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