OCR Lifts HIPAA Penalties for Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Apps

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The Office for Civil Rights announced another enforcement discretion amid the pandemic, lifting penalties for potential HIPAA violations related to the good faith use of online or web-based scheduling applications (WBSAs) to create patients’ vaccine COVID-19 appointments.

Effective immediately, the enforcement discretion applies to covered entities and their business associates. The discretion also applies to all WBSA vendors providing the tech used by these entities in these efforts, regardless of whether the vendor has “actual or constructive knowledge that it meets the definition of a business associate” under HIPAA.

It has a retroactive date effective to...

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