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Clearing Up Developer Health App Questions

Law360, New York (February 26, 2016, 10:03 AM EST) -- Michael D. Beauvais

Deborah Gersh

Ira Parghi On Feb.11, 2016, in response to requests from developers of mobile health applications, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights released a new guidance document addressing the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to applications that collect, store or transmit health information. The guidance document, entitled “Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA,” sets forth several factual scenarios involving mobile health apps, along with the OCR’s explanation of whether, in each scenario, HIPAA would apply to the developer of the app.

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The OCR’s health app guidance...

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