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Jackie Drees – Friday, September 11th, 2020
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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, or de-identified data generated from real reports, may be used more for research as opposed to identifiable patient records and information since it is difficult to obtain due to privacy and ethical concerns.
2. Health researchers predict a future with smart homes, which feature technologies like mirrors that detect skin and heart conditions, mattresses that check vital signs and toilet seats that capture blood pressure. However, these types of bodily monitoring technologies may not be subject to HIPAA regulation …
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