KYW Medical Report: HIPAA in the age of COVID-19

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People love it, and the government has allowed everything from Zoom to Facetime to facilitate communication and care.

Squarely in the crosshairs of this renewed debate is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Tasked with protecting and securing the privacy of individual health information in the midst of an international public health crisis, HIPAA would seem at odds with governmental efforts across the globe to permit the release of otherwise private individual health information in an effort to protect the public collective.

The government has loosened the grip for now, but once we get past COVID-19, it remains to be seen what will happen next to further protect people’s privacy.