Webinar: Shifting Privacy Laws and Health Data: An Overview

  • 02 Feb 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • On-Line Only


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Shifting Privacy Laws and Health Data: An Overview


From new federal Department of Health and Human Services rules to recently-enacted state laws, privacy mandates are imposing a shifting set of requirements on companies that collect and process healthcare data. And the development of data-driven tools to target COVID-19 and mitigate its spread has intensified the spotlight on the nexus between how traditional healthcare companies are regulated versus the activities of tech-driven firms outside the “HIPAA umbrella.”

This presentation will cover three main topics: 1) the state of federal privacy laws and their relationship to healthcare data; 2) state level privacy activities (California, mostly); and 3) federal proposals and congressional activity.

Some key takeaways will be:

  • The scope of and differences between Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulation and “general” federal privacy law under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act:
  • How these federal privacy laws compare to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and
  • How the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS’) information blocking rule will affect the privacy debate.
  • How state laws regulate healthcare data and how they interact with federal requirements (e.g., what does state vs federal law require with respect to de-identifying healthcare data).
  • A snapshot of the leading congressional proposals and activity thus far and how those proposals could impact those who collect and process healthcare data.

Speaker:   Graham Dufault, Senior Director for Public Policy

Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
460 Totten Pond Road | Suite 690
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

For more information,
please contact Arleen Coletti
at acoletti@mahealthdata.org

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