Rethinking Patient Data Privacy In The Era Of Digital Health

As federal and state lawmakers look to revamp privacy rules, this post outlines a proposal to adapt and extend the familiar Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) framework, and some of the fiduciary principles embedded in that framework, for a new era of digital-first health care. We suggest that Congress could enact a package of incremental reforms to ensure the privacy of health data, while broader debates about online consumer data protection continue.

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