The Center for Democracy and Technology ("CDT") has released a great guidance document that compares the requirements under the newly-enacted HITECH Act against HIPAA, and highlights specific changes resulting from this new legislation. The CDT guidance document also identifies key compliance deadline dates that all covered entities, business associates and other entities that handle personal health records should note on their calendars.  You can review the CDT’s "Summary of Health Privacy Provisions in the 2009 Economic Stimulus Legislation," as updated March 24, 2009, by clicking here.   

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