This recent Outlook piece from The Washington Post argues that HIPAA is a “toothless tiger” marred by loopholes and lax enforcement. In particular, the author cites frequent instances of health care professionals violating the privacy of their patients and the lack of enforcement actions against those professionals. He also highlights the importance of remaining vigilant about your health records. Here on the JLG blog, we recently talked about using breach of confidentiality claims to provide a private remedy for HIPAA violations (you can read our post here).
Also embedded on this page is a spiffy public service video from the Department of Health and Human Services about individuals’ rights under HIPAA.
The Washington Post: Your Health Records are Supposed to be Private. They Aren’t.