The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, has graded the performance of the Obama Administration on privacy issues during its early months.

EPIC lauded stronger provisions in the HITECH Act within the economic stimulus law that strengthen the HIPAA privacy and security rules, and awarded an A- for medical privacy efforts. "EPIC gives the Administration full credit for creating important privacy safeguards as part of the network for electronic health records," the organization says. "The privacy language in the HITECH Act makes the bill one of the best privacy laws in years. Still, implementation of privacy safeguards remains a key challenge."

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