How HIPAA Harms Care, and How to Stop It

July 17, 2018, Vol 320, No. 3, Pages 215-316

How HIPAA Harms Care, and How to Stop It
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP; Martha E. Gaines, JD, LLM
JAMA. 2018;320(3):229-230. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.8829
In this Viewpoint, Berwick and Gaines review common misconceptions about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements regarding personal health information and propose steps the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can take to better balance privacy protections with the need to ensure health information is available for clinical care in reasonable time at reasonable expense.