Regulatory schemes for protecting data, whether healthcare or otherwise, are often criticized in the United States for being fragmentary and siloed. No coordinated regulatory framework exists because that is not the way in which United States law was implemented.

Instead, different industries have their own structures, and those are the “lucky” industries as many do not have any protective scheme at all. Healthcare has arguably the most famous data protection scheme in place, the Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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