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Health Information Technology

Health information technology (health IT) involves the exchange of health information in an electronic environment.  Widespread use of health IT within the health care industry will improve the quality of health care, prevent medical errors, reduce health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, and expand access to affordable health care.  It is imperative that the privacy and security of electronic health information be ensured as this information is maintained and transmitted electronically.

The materials below are the HIPAA privacy components of the Privacy and Security Toolkit developed in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator.  The Privacy and Security Toolkit implements the principles presents in The Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy and Security Framework). These new guidance documents discuss how the Privacy Rule can facilitate the electronic exchange of health information.
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For more information on the Privacy and Security Framework and to view other documents in the Privacy and Security Toolkit, as well as other health information technology resources, visit