As the year draws to a close, industry is speculating about the release date of the long-awaited Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) final rule, which is expected to address modifications to the Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules. While the publication date has not yet been announced, it is important for Covered Entities and Business Associates to be prepared for the upcoming changes. Please click here for a more detailed analysis on our sister blog, Life Sciences Legal Update.