The future of health data privacy: 6 things to know

Becker's Hospital Review

Jackie Drees

New digital health technologies and increased awareness about public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic may pave the way for a fundamental shift in healthcare data privacy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

While Congress enacted HIPAA in 1996 to protect the privacy and disclosure of patient health data, technology has advanced rapidly since then with widespread transition from paper records to EHRs. Further, the law applies to patient data in the healthcare system, leaving uncertainty around its hold on tech companies that offer health-related services via apps and sensors.

Here are six things to know about the potential future of health data privacy in the U.S., according to the report.

1. Synthetic medical data,...

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