Federal Agencies Offer a Report on Privacy & Security Data from Devices Not Covered by HIPAA

With the growth of the wearables and other types of health information technology which help manage health monitoring, the federal government decided to offer some guidance on how to deal with all the gathered information. These technologies did not exist when Congress originally enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a report to Congress entitled, Examining Oversight of the Privacy & Security of Health Data Collected by Entities Not Regulated by HIPAAThis report—developed in coordination with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—discusses the lack of clear guidance around consumer access to, and privacy and security of, health information collected, shared, and used by entities that are not currently covered by HIPAA.