HIPAA products on tap from Entrust

Entrust Technologies Inc., which makes public-key infrastructure software and Web-access products, last week formed a new company called Entrust HealthCentric to design products and provide services that comply with the federal government's e-commerce, privacy and security regulations as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The HIPAA regulations, issued in January by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the outgoing Clinton administration, were to have gone into effect at the end of February. But the new HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson suspended them pending a review. Much of the healthcare industry has objected to the HIPAA regulations, and changes are anticipated before final rules are released this week.

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