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April 21, 2020, 6:18 PMUpdated: April 21, 2020, 10:58 PM

Doctors Using Zoom Face Security Scrutiny During Virus (2)

Daniel R. Stoller
Daniel R. Stoller
Senior Legal Editor
Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander

Doctors may face lawsuits or state actions for any patient privacy violations through use of tools such as Zoom Video Communication Inc.'s app—even after federal regulators relaxed enforcement.

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has said it won’t penalize providers for “good faith” telehealth use during the coronavirus pandemic that violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule.

“We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are,” Roger Severino, the office director, said in a notice of enforcement discretion.

Under the notice, video apps such as Apple Inc.'s FaceTime, Facebook ...

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