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Health Privacy Compliance Eased for Good-Faith Vaccine Booking

Feb. 23, 2021, 2:11 PM

Hospitals and clinics that use web-based scheduling applications for Covid-19 vaccine appointments won’t face government penalties for inadvertent violations of health privacy laws if they’re operating their systems in good faith, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

The HHS has the authority to exercise discretion in how it enforces health privacy laws, which require providers and insurers to make patients’ data available to them and keep personal health information safe. The laws are complicated, and requires third-party vendors involved in data transmissions between providers to be part of a contractual agreement. Some web applications might not check...

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