HIPAA changes could put health IT companies on the hook

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Changes expected to become law in coming months would make high-tech companies that deal with health care data – including those in the fields of biometrics, health IT and even cloud hosting services that have health care organizations as clients – liable for data breaches under the federal HIPAA statute.

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was first passed in 1996 to set standards for electronic health care transactions, as well as severe penalties for breaches of identifiable patient data.


Proposed modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules – part of the so-called HITECH Act – were sent to the federal Office of Management and Budget in March, the final step in the new rules becoming final.

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