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EEOC Meeting Kicks off GINA Comment Period

Last year, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became law in the U.S.  Among other things, GINA prohibits discrimination by health insurers and employers based on people’s genetic information, prohibits the intentional acquisition of genetic information about applicants and employees, and imposes strict confidentiality requirements.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  is charged with issuing regulations by May 21 implementing Title II of GINA, and kicked off the 60-day comment period today with a Public Meeting.  Keep an eye on the meeting page for links to the proposed rulemaking and for the meeting transcript when available.

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Trends in 2009: Electronic Medical Records

EMR got a boost in Canada’s budget, and is getting traction in the U.S. as well.  In Canada, EMR initiatives are likely to be implemented by the Provincial health plans directly, with back-end services from a variety of vendors.  In the U.S., the ultimate structure is less clear.  Google has tried to get ahead of the trend (as has Microsoft), and the WSJ Health Blog had an interesting post last week:

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