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No official HIPAA compliance...c ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

No official HIPAA compliance...check and read what is and what is not policy...read the fine print...BD 

For Google, the pilot is a good test. If these Web-based PHR systems are going to image work they are going to have to play nice with existing systems already in place. Interoperability has been an issue in the PHR market, which is why folks like Google and Microsoft, which has already launched HealthVault have an opening.

The concept of a PHR system makes a lot of sense, but there are key differences between the profiles offered by Google and Microsoft and systems from hospitals. The biggest one: These PHR services from the likes of Google, Microsoft and RevolutionHealth aren’t covered by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). HIPAA, passed in 1996, created standards for electronic health care transactions and addressed security and privacy issues.

Since the portals behind PHRs don’t technically own the data–since the user picks and chooses what to put into the repository– there are no HIPAA requirements. Data brokers and medical institutions have HIPAA requirements.  In a nutshell, these newfangled PHR systems give you some privacy protection but it’s just what’s covered in each company’s privacy policy

Will you trust your medical information to Google? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com

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