The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a final rule amending the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) giving patients the right to directly access their lab data, The National Law Review reports. As a result, HIPAA-covered laboratories must provide patients with such access within 30 days. Meanwhile, a new report discusses the legal and liability issues of mobile health applications, predicting increased regulatory roles for the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission over health apps. The Center for Democracy & Technology’s Joseph Lorenzo Hall and Deven McGraw write, “For telehealth to succeed, privacy and security risks must be addressed.”
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