HHS To Propose Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, 42 CFR Part 2

HHS To Propose Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, 42 CFR Part 2

The article goes into a bit of legislative gobblygook, but the point remains that some sharing of information to solve a crisis outweighs the negatives privacy connotations. Personally, I chose to give up major online privacy years ago; that ship has sailed with Facebook, Twitter, and like services that preceded it (remember GeoCities and Myspace anyone?)

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Medical marijuana: How IT can spark the budding cannabis industry | ZDNet


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Medical marijuana is legal in 31 states and DC, Cannabidiol is available elsewhere. Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas don’t allow anything related to Marijuana (“Medical cannabis in the United States,” 2018), Utah and Oklahoma have Medical on the ballot this fall while Michigan is looking for Recreational legalization (Walsh, 2018).

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Startup aims to reverse diabetes using tech tools | FierceHealthcare

This one is of particular interest to me. The linked story was published in 2017. Upon further review, the company is still in business. It is a subscription service that doesn’t look like it’s covered by Medicare/Medicaid (it’s not, per Virta support). This is a non-starter in the world of Universal Healthcare/Medicare for All.




How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

I have posted information on this topic before here and here among other places on this blog. My rule of thumb is that if it touches your body and records information about it, it is subject to HIPAA regulations. Knowing that this does not fit the narrative presented by limited government advocates; that is where we are. Until Medicare and Medicaid are brought on board with coverage for wearables, this health benefit will remain a niche product and service.

For additional guidance on creating effective disclosures, check out the FTC’s .com Disclosures report. If you have a health app, don’t forget to consult the mobile health apps interactive tool, the FTC’s best practices guidance for mobile health app developers and the OCR developer portal. And when you’re telling consumers about how you share consumer health information, always remember the FTC Act as well as HIPAA (“Sharing Consumer Health Information?” 2016).

How do HIPAA security and privacy protections apply to wearable health technology and the health data it collects and stores?

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