Many in healthcare blame difficulties over creating new solutions or trying to ease workflow burdens on HIPAA. The litany of issues that HIPAA is blamed for include contentions that it prevents the ability to share information with patients or even other providers; it overly restricts how information can be stored or transmitted; and it does not allow any information about an individual to be disclosed under any circumstances without the impacted individual’s consent.
It is unclear whether such excuses are used because of an honest misinterpretation of HIPAA, laziness or some other reason. Regardless of the cause, HIPAA is the easy out utilized because it remains misunderstood.
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