The accumulation and use of health information, including personal health information (PHI), is a significant and unavoidable part of personalized medicine. Recent revisions to the HIPAA rules dramatically raise the stakes of improper disclosures, and new provisions require immediate and ongoing attention if your company is to be in full compliance and avoid enforcement activity. In addition, some states are adding to their privacy, security, and breach report rules involving PHI.
The Privacy, Security & Information Management members of our Personalized Medicine Practice are well versed in these issues and provide compliance assessments and counseling to help you avoid privacy and security issues.
In addition, we also can provide strategic counseling relating to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which aims to establish a national and uniform basic standard that is necessary to fully protect the public from discrimination. It also allays the public's concerns about the potential for discrimination, thereby allowing individuals to take advantage of genetic testing, technologies, research, and new therapies, and generally prohibits discrimination based on an individual's genetic information with respect to both health coverage and employment.