With so much attention in the news lately about data privacy online, we thought it important to give you as much information as possible as it relates to your medical data.
According to this article we found on healthdatamanagement.com, many of the apps that collect data are not subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
“Apps that collect information from consumers—and not on behalf a provider, health plan or healthcare clearinghouse—are not subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as either a covered entity or business associate. As a result, developers are not required under HIPAA to protect the privacy and security of consumers’ health data, which is not considered protected health information (PHI). It’s a loophole that has gotten the attention of lawmakers in the Zuckerberg hearings.”
Below are some other takeaways from Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony regarding health data privacy:
According to the WSGR Data Advisor, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) describes four examples of health app developers that are likely not regulated by HIPAA:
The HHS guidance also describes two examples where health app developers are likely regulated by HIPAA:
If any of this leaves you wondering about your private health data with Urgent Care at Peachtree and Urgent Care at Druid Hills, here’s what you need to know: