Is HIPAA too strict during COVID-19 pandemic?
Becker's Hospital Review
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, HHS relaxed penalties for potential violations of HIPAA rules.
However, the Iowa Freedom of Information Council argues HIPAA is being used too broadly as a reason to not release data on the spread of COVID-19. Journalists in Iowa have been denied requests for data on the number of COVID-19 tests performed or hospitalization rates, according to local ABC affiliate KCRG.
Health officials cite HIPAA as the reason they cannot disclose this data.
"The public is scared. They are concerned about local hospitals filling up, whether there will be space available if a friend or relative comes down with the disease, whether there will be enough ventilators available in a specific location," said Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, to KCRG. "These concerns are aggravated by a lack of information and ...