HHS described the purpose of the medical privacy
rule as follows:
The 123-page document provides clear answers to questions about portions of the medical privacy
rule, which is part of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The medical privacy
rule guidance document may be found at www.
Any right to medical privacy
only exists as far as the judiciary cares to support it unless that right is codified in law.
, financial privacy, and government surveillance.
The journal also includes reports on state, federal and international initiatives on privacy, recent court cases, self-regulatory programs, consumer advocacy, class actions, new regulations on medical privacy
, and new privacy-enhancing technologies.
While Congress saw the need for legislation, it was unable to reach agreement on a number of issues, including the question of whether federal law should override state-passed privacy laws and whether patients should be able to sue if their medical privacy
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 called for the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to come up with a plan for protecting people's medical privacy
As medical privacy
specialist Sheri Alpert has commented, one's choices of video rentals are better protected under current American law than one's medical records.
In addition, she also counsels health care clients and other business entities on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Standards, including new requirements under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as state-imposed medical privacy
Top priorities to protect medical privacy
include a law protecting medical data wherever it is, and placing medical privacy
at the top of the agenda for the new White House privacy initiative.
This fine should be a reminder that there are consequences for violations of medical privacy
," he added.