HIPAA at home: keeping ePHI safe while working remotely

| May 27, 2020

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In recent weeks, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it will exercise discretion when it comes to enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penalties will not be imposed on businesses for 'good faith uses and disclosures of PHI by business associates for public health and health oversight activities'.

Although offering welcome respite for healthcare companies and their associates as they focus on saving lives, the respite is actually short-lived and shouldn’t be seen as a potential free pass. Critically, the discretion does not extend the length and breadth of the Privacy Rule, meaning there’s no let up on the need for businesses to safeguard data confidentiality and the secure transmission of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).

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