New bill to plug up HIPAA app gaps

by Larry Emmott on July 2, 2019

in Health Care Politics,Mobile,Security

From POLITICO:

PRIVACY BILL PICKS UP WHAT HIPAA LEAVES OUT—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are collaborating on a bill that would direct HHS Secretary Alex Azar to come up with regulations for health technology, including for apps, wearables and direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The bill directs HHS to consult with the FTC and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and to produce the regulations within six months of enactment.

Source: New bill to plug up HIPAA gaps – POLITICO

Apps, especially free apps, are notorious for collecting and then selling personal data. I wish I trusted the bureaucracy more to actually help with the problem. Never the less healthcare apps have tremendous potential however both privacy (selling your data) and security (having your data stolen) are an issue.

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