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OCR Releases New Guidance on HIPAA for Mobile Health Technology

Over the past few years, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in Action (OCR) has made countless efforts to enhance its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance and other related resources on its website. Last week, the OCR launched a new feature on their website HHS.gov, entitled Health Apps, which updates and renames  the OCR’s previous Health App Developer Portal, and is available here.

The new site features the OCR’s helpful guidance on “when and how” HIPAA regulations may be applicable to mobile health applications, acutely relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic as many aspects of the healthcare industry shift to telehealth.

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