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New HHS Guidance States HIPAA Does Not Apply To PHRs

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! I hadn’t planned to take the past few days off from blogging, but something like the flu (probably the flu) hit me like a bag of bricks on Christmas day and I’ve been curled in a fetal position in my bed for the past few days. Oddly enough while laying there feeling like my bones were all slowly dissolving (and thinking about the types of body braces you’d need to create to deal with something like that!) I was also thinking about how silly it was for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA; and any industry-specific data protection law) to define that the only organization’s that would legally need to safeguard protected health information (PHI) are the narrowly defined covered entities (CEs); healthcare providers, healthcare insurers and healthcare clearinghouses.