US commits to ensuring mobile health firms understand HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) outlined in a letter that it will begin working with health app companies to make sure they remain in line with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), reported on January 26.

In the letter, Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will meet mobile health companies and The App Association (ACT) to detail all aspects of HIPAA and how the health law will apply to these specific mediums. The OCR will also tackle advanced technologies such as “cloud storage,” and will try to come up with a system that will handle queries and technological advances. ACT CEO Morgan Reed expressed enthusiasm that the government is eager to help them improve patients’ care within legal guidelines.

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