May 9, 2021

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Expect more than planned changes from HIP: Simple data flow should not mean reducing the privacy of health information

Expect more than planned changes from HIP: Simple data flow should not mean reducing the privacy of health information

Deborah s Sih, Chief of Policy and Strategic Officer Siok Health.

Deborah Husse

Congress In 1996, the Health Insurance Access and Accountability Act (HIPA) passed. Over the past 25 years, Health Care and Technology has become one of the first authors of the HIPA, creating new data and strategies for sharing information. Getting people involved better in your health care.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) A.A. Updates To HIPAA regulations. The proposed changes include the flexibility needed to increase data sharing, but they also suggest that the patient’s privacy is not relevant to the changed context and may actually expose the patient’s health information. Instead of strengthening the proposed health care privacy protections, HIV It creates a new way for undisclosed entities to freely access and exploit patient health information.

Under the proposed regulation, HHSHHS has the right to direct the issuing of an electronic copy of the electronic health record (EHR) to the electronic health record (HR). He wants to give up rules and regulations. The patient’s choice of person or entity (also called the “Patient Guide”). HHS proposes to create a completely new, unexpected and unauthorized way to what is now called. Personal Health Applications – Third parties who meet the minimum requirements – Free access to electronic and paper-based information.

Although HSS has created this new way to use it for personal health applications, HSS cannot control what these applications do. This is because a personal health application does not “comply with HIPI laws and obligations as it does not“ represent or govern ”. The health information that leads to a patient’s personal health application is no longer protected by HIPI and patients are allowed to live independently.

H.H.S. Personal health applications are administered and supervised by the individual. However, providing information for patients to report is no longer being covered by HIV and what it means. Patients may lose the ability to control the access and use of their health information and may be unaware that third parties are using private healthcare applications as a backdrop to disseminate millions of patients’ personal health information for commercial purposes.

While there are many third parties who provide important insights into health and health care decision making, there are also business third parties who seek access to health information with little or no understanding of the patient. It seems foolish to encourage patients to use applications that they do not control.

Meanwhile, there is a system under HIPA for patients to pass on their information to third parties. VIP licenses allow patients to control what health care information is shared, to whom, for what purpose and for how long. These licenses give patients greater control and understanding of how their information is being used. Extending patient guidance can only lead to more confusion and protection of health information.

Although there is no widespread spread of access to medical records for third parties, patients already face challenges with third parties and the confidentiality of their health information. For example, one legal entity administered a “patient directive” to access all patient PHI. This PHI includes abuse records. Based on what is believed to be the patient’s request, the provider sent all the PHI to the attorney and then shared it with the opponent’s counsel.

During the patient’s delivery, an opposition lawyer questioned her on the record. She did not know how to access this sensitive information. After discussing with the patient about the difference between an HIPI permit and a patient’s guide, she said she would choose an HIP permit to limit the information released to her lawyer if she knew she had an option. Unfortunately, she was not told she had a choice and your sensitive health information was publicly shared.

Now is the time to have a serious discussion about updating our 25-year data privacy laws to ensure that health information is adequately protected in the digital world. We need to be careful about making hasty changes until patients have enough options for health information protection.

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