The Future of HIPAA

On paper, the dictionary’s definition of “private” has not altered since it was first published. Actually, privacy has a completely different definition. What does privacy mean in a society where technology is always connecting us?

That is a concern that many legislators have for the HIPAA privacy laws in 2021. Following Covid-19, fresh privacy issues have become more prominent. What needs to change when secrecy acts as a hindrance rather than a safeguard? Below is the complete HIPAA compliance review.

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HIPAA is a dynamic piece of legislation that is always changing, therefore it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how long it has been in effect. This law is relevant in part because of how it is evolving. How, if at all, can HIPAA law change to reflect the evolving digital healthcare environment?

Are you interested in the potential changes that a globally linked, post-pandemic society may experience? Continue reading to find out a little bit about HIPAA future.


Looking to the Future

Things have altered even more after the final omnibus regulation was added in 2013. The floppy disc-using legislators of 1996 had no chance of foreseeing a world in which most people use their cell phones as their main computers. The technology environment has changed, and historically, HIPAA has changed along with it.

Openness and sharing are societal norms in the period we live in. Open networks predominate over closed ones. Where do privacy rules fit in in a society where everything is digital and instantly accessible?

More than just cellphones are involved in the new digital environment. The Covid-19 epidemic broadened the application and reach of telemedicine. Whole medical appointments become virtual experiences as a result of this.

Additionally, wearable medical technology grew in popularity. Such devices are communicating PHI to doctors immediately around-the-clock.

It turns out that the majority of people cite anonymity as one of the primary reasons they feel comfortable getting medical care. Because of HIPAA, patients are protected from prejudice and public humiliation related to any diagnoses they may have. More than ever, we need to figure out how to safeguard ePHI in a dynamic environment.

In actuality, HIPAA’s inherent adaptability is what makes it such a perfect piece of law in a world that is constantly changing. In December 2020, debate on a new privacy rule amendment first started.