OCR lifts HIPAA fines for use of COVID-19 vaccine scheduling tools

Firece Health

Heather Landi

Healthcare organizations won't be penalized for potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations related to the good faith use of online or web-based scheduling applications for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announced (PDF) this week that it won't enforce fines against providers when using apps and other digital tools that don't fully comply with HIPAA.

The enforcement discretion applies to covered healthcare providers and their business associates, including online or web-based scheduling applications vendors (WBSAs), when the vendors are used in good faith and only for the limited purpose of...

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