Privacy Downside to Proposed HIPAA Changes

Our CEO, Khaled El Emam, discusses privacy and HIPAA changes that could happen with the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act.

“A lot of these efforts [like 21st Century Cures] are pushing for greater access to data, and using data to accelerate research … by getting access to multiple sources,” El Emam says. HIPAA states researchers can have access only if the data is first de-identified. “Some of the efforts underway now, such as the 21st Century Cures Act, are proposing changes to HIPAA, and some of the changes won’t necessarily help increase access to information, and instead have unintended consequences.”

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You can listen to the interview (<15 minutes) here.

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