As state and local governments issue increasingly restrictive emergency declarations to slow the spread of COVID19, many health care providers are implementing telemedicine solutions to the maximum extent practicable.
One of the challenges for remote diagnosis and treatment is finding platforms that are accessible to patients, yet compliant with HIPAA and related state laws.
Last week, the Office of Civil Rights announced that during this state of emergency, clinicians can use private communication platforms like Google Hangouts and FaceTime to provide remote care without fear of a HIPAA enforcement action. Public-facing platforms like TikTok or Facebook Live are still prohibited.
You can read the full announcement here: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html
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