As information sharing ramps up, well being insurers wade into affected person privateness debate

For years, the nation’s strongest insurance coverage lobbying group has stayed largely on the sidelines within the fierce debate over easy methods to defend shoppers from unscrupulous promoting or sharing of their information. Now, as shopper firms spin out extra well being apps and digital well being providers, they’re lastly wading in.

America’s Well being Insurance coverage Plans —  whose members embody heavyweights like Anthem and Humana — is looking on Congress to broaden its privateness oversight, together with by extending the affected person information privateness legislation HIPAA or by enacting rigorous privateness restrictions past simply insurers, suppliers, and enterprise companions to any third-party teams that gather, use or retailer shoppers’ well being information.

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