It was tasked to provide a report on privacy concerns tied tohealth care information handled by non-HIPAA-bound organizationsand businesses, but a report by the U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services, delivered late, has not offered any guidance on howto protect people’s privacy.

Modern Healthcare reports that the HHS report was not only sixyears late — it was requested by Congress in 2009 — but it alsofailed to provide any specific suggestions on how personal healthcare data handled by mobile apps and companies not covered bythe Health Insurance Portability and AccountabilityAct may be safeguarded.

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