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.

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/silicon-valley-start-up-aims-to-reverse-diabetes-using-tech-tools

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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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Microsoft celebrates “hackers” with release of new book as annual Hackathon begins | On MSFT

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He, Jeff Petty, was so convinced that he pitched the Office and Windows teams about purchasing an independent company that offered learning and literacy solutions, but the direction he got was to go build it rather than buy it (Shaw, Lee;, & Lay-Flurrie;, 2018, p. 61).

What I find most interesting about this quote from the eBook that Microsoft is providing the participants is that they were told to build it. Microsoft during this period could probably buy almost any company on the planet, especially one of these sizes. They have also been accused over the years of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (“Embrace, extend, and extinguish,” 2018). Granted, that was many years ago, but in the developer community, hard habits and attitudes are resistant to change. The current CEO, Satya Nadella, has done a great job combating this perception of his company, and the Learning Tools project accelerated under his watch. There is still some work to do, as Learning Tools is in the Office 365 (2016) version of OneNote, but not in the Windows 10 version. These two software programs will merge into the Windows 10 version going forward (“Frequently Asked Questions about OneNote in Office 2019,” n.d.).

Microsoft is kicking off today its One Week Hackathon, the largest private hackathon in the world where Microsoft employees will try to find new ideas to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. For the fifth edition of the annual event, participants will be given a new book, “The Ability Hacks,” which looks back at how two hackathon teams created new technology to empower people with disabilities…

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