The Future of Health Care Privacy
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Data has never been more important for the health care industry. New ways of reaching patients, methods for combining and analyzing data and new devices and applications never before thought possible all give us unprecedented opportunities to improve the health of the population. At the same time, our existing privacy rules, primarily those stemming from the HIPAA statute, focused on somewhat outdated system where only doctors, hospitals and health insurers provided useful data. These rules have worked – for the most part – but present increasing challenges as individuals assert their privacy rights and industry and government seek more opportunities to explore how patient data can improve our health care system.
This session will assess today’s baseline for privacy in the health care industry, discussing how the existing rules benefit (or hinder) health care providers, researchers, patients and others in improving the healthcare system. We will explore how the health care system is changing, with a new focus on patient engagement and a broad variety of new kinds of health care programs and, in that context, will explore the growing gaps in our healthcare privacy structure. We then will explore where our laws and regulations likely will need to evolve and expand in the years ahead, with an eye towards ensuring that all elements of the healthcare system can make their case on the best means of protecting privacy while still operating an effective and efficient health care system.
Kirk J. Nahra
is a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in privacy, information security and cybersecurity litigation and counseling, along with a variety of health care and compliance issues. He is chair of the firm’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of its Health Care Practice. He assists companies in a wide range of industries in analyzing and implementing the requirements of privacy and security laws across the country and internationally. He provides advice on data breaches, enforcement actions, contract negotiations, business strategy, research and de-identification issues and privacy, data security and cybersecurity compliance. He advises companies in virtually all industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. He also works with insurers and health care industry participants in developing compliance programs and defending against government investigations into their practices.
A long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, he also served for more than a decade as the editor of Privacy Advisor, the monthly IAPP newsletter. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and serves on the Advisory Board for the Health Law Reporter, the Privacy and Security Law Report and the Health Care Fraud Report. He teaches Health Care Privacy and Security Law at the Washington College of Law at American University. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University, he is an active author and lecturer in the health care, compliance, privacy, information security and anti-fraud areas. He can be reached at 202.719.7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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