Insights into HHS COVID-19 HIPAA Waivers and Lasting Implications
The nationwide public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak has led to several Good Faith HIPAA waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office for Civil Rights. The waivers aim to fuel data sharing and telehealth in support of safe, remote care with fewer physician burdens.
While these efforts are designed to support an increase in telehealth, reduce the number of in-person appointments, and promote data sharing, these waivers come with a host of specifications to ensure privacy and security is paramount.
But more importantly, industry stakeholders have stressed that these waivers could be a sign of...