HIPAA in the 21st Century

Source: JAMA Editorial

Author: Larry Chapman

HIPAA has been on the health care scene since 1996. It created some often-awkward change throughout our entire health care system when first introduced. Covered entities had new and fairly extensive requirements to protect the health care consumer from unauthorized disclosures of their personal health information. Now 22 years later we are realizing that with the advent of Facebook, Instagram, email, online marketing, and a myriad number of other communication devices and platforms we need to revisit HIPAA for the 21st Century.

Two well-known lawyer educators have weighed in on the challenges and needs surrounding health information protections post-HIPAA with a sensitive concern for not stifling the emerging utility of “Big Data” analysis potential and cooperating with consumer-directed disclosure.

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