Confusion increasingly surrounds the privacy and security of electronic health information collected, shared and used by entities not covered by HIPAA, and eliminating that uncertainty remains a work in progress, says Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

However, there is no easy solution to the dilemmas posed by a recent report on the disparity in data protection related to HIPAA, which raised issues for legislators to consider but did not detail potential solutions.

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