Health Care in a Post-Privacy World

Someone knows you are reading this. They know what device you are using. They know if you make it all the way to the end (which I hope you do!). They may be watching you read it, and listening to you. They know exactly where you are right now, and where you’ve been.

As FBI Director James Comey recently proclaimed, “there is nothing as absolute privacy in America.”


What does all this have to do with health care? After all, we have HIPAA to protect our data, right?

Not so much, as it turns out. Health care data breaches were up some 40% since 2015. Accenture says 26% of Americans have had their health data breached — and half of those were victims of medical identify theft, costing them, on average, some $2,500 in out-of-pocket costs.

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