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The government needs to ensure and maintain public trust in health information systems and the exchange of their health information as it rolls out electronic health records, says the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Farzad Mostashari. A critical goal of the HITECH Act is to "make sure we do what steps are necessary...to protect the privacy and security of information," Mostashari says, adding that patients need "more granular consent over what information is disclosed and to whom." An interagency task force is working on consistent approaches to health information privacy and security, GovInfoSecurity reports.
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