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Kirk Nahra Featured at Bloomberg BNA Event on Cybersecurity and Health Data Privacy

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Blog
June 29, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was a featured panelist at a June 24 Bloomberg BNA event on cybersecurity and health data privacy.

According to Mr. Nahra—whose presentation was cited in a June 25 article on BNA’s Health Care Blog—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has always had a limited scope, only applying to health care information where a covered entity was involved.

Mr. Nahra noted that covered entities are now bringing in a lot of information about their patients from outside the health care system, such as their housing situation and how many cars they own, and using it for health care purposes. He said the growing use of non-HIPAA data could be handled by doing something to specifically cover the non-HIPAA data, or by coming up with something that would cover all health care data. Another option would be for a broader overall privacy law, Mr. Nahra said.

The article can be found here.