June 20, 2024

Senator Cassidy Requests Information on Improving Health Data Privacy

  • by AGD Washington Advocacy Representative
  • Sep 13, 2023
On September 7, 2023, Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee, requested information from stakeholders on how to enhance the privacy protections of health data to safeguard sensitive information while balancing the need to support medical research. He emphasized that health data that is collected from new technologies such as wearable and smart devices, and health and wellness apps are not protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Senator Cassidy said that the aim of this RFI is to use stakeholder feedback to identify solutions to modernize HIPAA and ensure all health data is properly safeguarded. 
 
Information on the RFI is available here. The deadline to submit feedback is September 28, 2023.
Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD reviews all RFIs and looks for opportunities to comment on topics relevant to general dentistry. The AGD regularly responds to RFIs and advocates for policies to promote both general dentistry and patient well-being, including access to care and proper protections for patients.