PHI at risk in debt collection lawsuits involving medical services

Healthcare providers spend millions of dollars to comply with HIPAA in order to keep patients’ medical information private, and yet some of this same information is publicly available on the internet in court records of medical debt lawsuits.

Maybe it’s time to consider expanding HIPAA protections to routine debt collection lawsuits where patients’ protected health information is currently available to anyone with an internet connection.

See Modern Healthcare article at “Online records pose privacy risks in medical-debt lawsuits”

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