Google says new privacy rules don’t affect its PHR


Physician Roni Zeiger is product manager for Google Health. Zeiger said that Google hasn’t changed its position regarding HIPAA, notwithstanding the new law, which encompasses the IT provisions of an earlier piece of legislation called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH.

“Our understanding is that HITECH, which is the jargon for this part of the legislation, did not change the definition for a covered entity or a business associate, so our service is offered directly to the consumer,” Zeiger said. “So, our arrangements with the Cleveland Clinic or Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center do not need to be changed.”


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