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Privacy Concerns Hit Ride-Hailing Push Into Health Care

Posted in HIPAA and the HITECH Act, Privacy and Data Protection

A March 12 article in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report, “Privacy Concerns Hit Ride-Hailing Push Into Health Care,” discussed issues that Uber and Lyft will need to address in order to ensure compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules when their drivers take patients to and from medical appointments. Day Pitney’s Eric Fader was quoted in the article.Eric pointed out that Uber and Lyft will have the full names of the patients being driven for billing purposes, and will need to adopt safeguards to prevent any illegal disclosures. To comply with HIPAA’s “minimum necessary” standard, he added, individual drivers shouldn’t be given more than the patient’s first name and pickup location.

As business associates of the healthcare providers, Uber and Lyft will also need to enter into business associate agreements and implement HIPAA policies and procedures.

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