When HIPAA applies to mobile applications

18 Jun


The HIPAA Rules only apply to HIPAA “covered entities” and their “business associates.” They do not apply to health care consumers or to other types of entities. Covered entities include health plans (including employer-sponsored group health plans), entities known as health care clearinghouses (which convert health care claims and other administrative transactions into or from a standard format), and health care providers — but only if the health providers electronically conduct certain transactions, such as submitting claims to health plans electronically. A business associate is an entity that handles “protected health information” on a covered entity’s behalf, such as a health information exchange organization sharing health information on behalf of a health care provider, or a pharmacy benefit manager operating a health plan’s prescription benefit.

Additionally, the HIPAA rules only apply to “protected health information,” information that identifies an individual and that relates to an individual’s physical or mental health, health care services to the individual, or payment for such health care services.


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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in medical


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