HIPAA Compliance: What Every Developer Should Know
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/26/2015 | 5:11:41 PM
Helpful Webinar
I'm working with developers on a product that will guarantee screen security for medical facilities, among other places, and make proving HIPPA compliance much easier. I hope you'll check out our webinar that discusses this innovative technology and what we are trying to accomplish: It's at and then just go the section marked Company and Webinars will be in the dropdown menu. 
User Rank: Apprentice
6/29/2015 | 12:37:00 PM
Compliance Attitude
Jason Wang:  In your "bio" you use the phrase "...regulatory shackles...".   I'd suggest that this demonstrates a lack of awareness of the value to a company of viewing the compliance requirements as very valuable tools to ensure the survival of the company.  A company culture that embraces the value of compliance will face less risk of heavy fines than a company that views compliance as "regulatory shackles" or overhead.  By including "regulatory shackles" in your bio you help perpetuate that attitude, which is a disservice to your readers.  See my Linked-In profile for my qualifications.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/16/2014 | 8:33:12 PM
Re: Oversight Committee?
Hi Alison,

It certainly should make for an interesting next 24 months or so. The FDA is already overwhelmed with all of the new mobile health apps, and can't keep up with the pace of innovation. In fact, the FDA has only evaluated about 100 apps, which is a fraction of the available health and fitness apps in the appstores. Of course, they won't evaluate them all—just ones that could cross into medical device territory. (source:

The Office of Civil Rights, which manages HIPAA complaints has also seen a huge spike in privacy complaint activity. A large portion of those complaints are referred to the state level, and state Attorney's General offices are handling more complaints at the state level.

The overlapping responsibilities between FDA, HIPAA regulation and state/federal oversight will certainly evolve. The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule passed last year ammended HIPAA to require all Business Associates be compliant, and I'm sure we'll continue to see more evolution in response to the changing marketplace. 

There is no question however that these entities will continue to lag the market, and so consumers will want to take a close look at the apps they use and trust with their personal health data. 
User Rank: Author
7/11/2014 | 2:08:19 PM
Oversight Committee?
As the FDA scrutinizes medical devices to see whether they should fall under its sphere of control, I wonder whether we'll see government expand what is covered under HIPAA now more states (such as Florida) are enacting their own laws around privacy, including personal health information?

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