The COVID-19 Telehealth Boom Might Be Here to Stay, but HIPAA Flexibility Might Not
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One of the many changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic may be the permanent expansion of telehealth. According to a recent study, the US telehealth market is expected to witness 80% year-over-year growth in 2020. Although numerous video communications services exist, not all were designed to provide sufficient privacy and security to facilitate the provision of health care (and HIPAA compliance). While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the division charged with enforcing HIPAA, has provided some flexibility during the pandemic, at some point it is reasonable to assume that OCR will again raise standards. 

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