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With the rise of mobile applications and emerging platforms launched to improve healthcare, developers are finding they are lost when it comes to understanding HIPAA and privacy guidelines.   This confusion is causing healthcare providers to balk at the new technologies in fear of  privacy compliance with the new tech products.

In response to growing demand and concern for developers to get it right,  the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) — the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office that administers and enforces HIPAA privacy rules, has responded saying that they will work with app developers to better define the existing guidelines and work harder to answer the questions companies in this emerging field may have.  Including more clarity on HIPAA obligations for companies and services that store data in the cloud.

To learn more about about HIPAA Rules visit the OCR website which contains information and tools that can help address your questions:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/index.html

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/faq/business_associates/index.html#businessassociate

In addition, OCR and the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), work collaboratively to develop guidance and other tools to educate all stakeholders regarding safe and secure use of health information technology.  These tools are available at 

http://www.healthit.gov

If you have additional questions regarding this subject let us know at info@magnifictech.com

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