HIPAA Personal Injury Issues In Southern California

The status of patient information in the healthcare system has evolved rapidly over the last 25 years as new technologies have been created and subsequently applied to the healthcare industry, and a recent brief released by the Consumers Union states that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) do not do enough to address the issue of security and privacy in patient health data.

With the development of extensive marketing techniques targeting potential customers on the basis of any personal information that the marketing engine can get a hold of, HIPAA and CMIA are no longer sufficient to safegaurd the information which should always remain private outside of the healthcare system in which information exchange is freed up in order to facilitate the treatment process. The vast number of companies who now interact in the healthcare system is a large part of the problem, as HIPAA guidelines focus only on the insurer and the healthcare provider, leaving technology companies which provide many of the new means of data transmission to avoid responsibility for security and privacy breaches which they might otherwise prevent.

Many a personal injury lawyer are concerned that their patient’s information is being put in an unsecure position with the proliferation of tablets, smartphones, and various other devices on the market which can easily be breached and used for unintended or even malicious purposes.

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