COVID-19: Evolving Regulatory Issues

Healthcare Info Security

Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted an array of evolving patient privacy issues that legislators and regulators will need to address in the year ahead, say government policy experts Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

For instance, the pandemic has underscored the need for Congress to finally lift a more than 20-year-old funding ban on the Department of Health and Human Services developing or adopting a unique patient identifier, Leonard says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. She says an identifier would help to match all the right records to the right patient to ensure appropriate care.

"The longstanding language...

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