The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip President Dr. Matt Patterson.
Much has changed in the years since HIPAA was first passed into law, not the least of which is the use of mobile technology in healthcare. As a physician, patient, and healthcare technology business leader, I have experienced numerous frustrations and inefficiencies resulting from practices struggling to adhere to the letter of the HIPAA law rather than embracing its spirit.
While protection of privacy is obviously important, countless dollars have been wasted implementing and following misguided processes attempting to protect patients that likely led to suboptimal care and stifled innovation. As in all areas of modern life, regulation cannot keep pace with technology advances. Consumers deserve a refresh on HIPAA that offers more immediate and convenient control over how to share their health information, reflecting the broad role of technology without trying to script every possible scenario.