HIPAA Challenges: Balancing Policy and Technology

When implementing privacy and security controls within a health care environment, there’s a constant need to determine the appropriate balance between the policy expectations (how the workforce is held accountable to comply with the rules) and how technology is employed to facilitate or promote the desired outcome (the appropriate use/disclosure of information). Whenever one or the other (policy or technology) advances, situations such as the recent one involving Google occur.

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