Twenty-two states have signed agreements to participate in a project to reduce variations in business policies and state laws related to the privacy and security of health information. Agreements are pending with 12 other states or territories, according to RTI International, Research Triangle Park, N.C., which is managing the public-private project in cooperation with the National Governors Association. States will receive $250,000 to $350,000 each. They have until fall to assess policies, regulations and business practices that may inhibit their ability to connect with a national health information network, and until March 2007 to develop solutions to potential problems. The project is a component of HHS' effort to facilitate use of information technology in healthcare and electronic health information exchange.
States agree to work on privacy, security policies
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