To Bring Health Information Privacy Into The 21st Century, Look Beyond HIPAA

By Lucia C. Savage
Health Affairs

Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a “Viewpoint” by I. Glenn Cohen and Michelle M. Mello asking, among other things: “Is HIPAA up to the task of protecting health information in the 21st century?” As federal policy advisers and policy makers have quietly, if insistently, been pointing out since 2014, with the advent of health big data and social media, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) alone cannot adequately protect all the privacy and dignitary interests of individuals.

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